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Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

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Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is a dish you’ll want to serve all summer long. Perfect for potluck parties and backyard cookouts.

Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is the perfect side to serve at your next bbq.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. I received product samples from Michigan Asparagus to use in creating recipes. However, all opinions are mine alone.

We have come to the end of #BBQWeek. So many great recipes have been shared this week and I hope you’re enjoying them. I’m sharing a side dish that I’ve not made in a very long time because, well, I just forgot about it. Do you have any recipes you just forget about because you don’t make them regularly? Or just make them seasonally?

Michigan asparagus

I can tell you my family was happy I made this spring vegetable pasta salad with creamy lemon dressing. My oldest son loves lemon. The lemon is not too overpowering in this dressing. If you prefer more lemon, increase the amount, a little at a time, but continue to taste the dressing so you don’t add too much.

Grilled Michigan asparagus.

The day I made this it was pouring outside so I used my grill pan and made it indoors. I have now made it both indoors and on the grill outdoors. How ever you choose to make it, just watch it so it doesn’t burn. You just want it a bit charred and soft. What I love about Michigan asparagus is that I don’t need to cut the ends off because it’s all hand snapped when harvested.

While you can certainly use any shape pasta, I like the bowties because it holds the dressing in the nooks. I recommend a pasta shape rather than angel hair or spaghetti because the latter also make it more difficult to eat. You could certainly substitute some sun-dried tomatoes for the roasted red peppers.

Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Yield: 4 - 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Make spring vegetable pasta salad with creamy lemon dressing for your next backyard gathering.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces bowtie shaped pasta
  • ½ bunch of Michigan asparagus
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • ¼ cup sweet onion, diced
  • A few slices of roasted red pepper from a jar, diced
  • ¼ cup cucumber, sliced

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Draining and rinsing when cooked. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Grill Michigan asparagus until soft and tender. Cut into bite sized pieces and add to pasta. Add onion, cucumber, and diced red pepper. Gently toss together.
  3. Make the Dressing:
  4. In a jar with a lid, mix all the ingredients and shake until well blended.
  5. Toss with pasta and vegetables. Add ¼ to ½ of dressing and toss pasta salad. Reserve remaining dressing to use when serving. Refrigerate pasta and dressing until ready to serve.

Notes

Total time does not include refrigeration time.

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Make spring vegetable pasta salad with creamy lemon dressing for your next backyard gathering.

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anne lawton

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

This looks delicious I would make an extra large bowl so I can eat it all week!

Hezzi-D

Sunday 27th of May 2018

This looks delicious! I'm all about pasta salad.

Jolene's Recipe Journal

Sunday 27th of May 2018

Love grilled asparagus and using it in pasta salad is brilliant!

Christie

Saturday 26th of May 2018

Lemon and asparagus go so well together! This pasta salad would be perfect for a picnic!

Nikki

Saturday 26th of May 2018

What an amazing recipe!! That MI asparagus is just the best most beautiful I have seen in a long time! I cannot wait to make this!

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