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Asparagus Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Skip the store-bought pasta salads in favor of a quick and easy recipe for Asparagus Pasta Salad tossed in homemade Italian dressing!

Large white bowl containing Asparagus Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

While spring and summer months may be chilled pasta salad’s time to shine, it’s hard to ignore the 365-days-a-year versatility of a classic pasta salad recipe. All you need to do it follow this basic equation:

Your favorite pasta shape + any veggies in season + homemade Italian dressing

Various sizes of clear bowls containing italian dressing, halved cherry tomatoes, asparagus, bow tie pasta, sliced red onion and parmesan cheese

Toss it all together with your cheese of choice and let it chill overnight for true pasta salad success. And perhaps that last point is what separates the mediocre from the masterful. One word: marinate, marinate, marinate!

Dressing being poured over cherry tomatoes and asparagus in clear bowl

This colorful classic stars the season’s peak veggies, al dente pasta and the a quick-fix red wine vinaigrette that lends big flavor without weighing down any other ingredients like creamy dressings often do.

So grab the asparagus, plus any other rainbow of veggies, and whip up this top-rated recipe, which can be enjoyed warm, at room temp or chilled for a year-round side dish winner.

Top down view of the best asparagus pasta salad

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Asparagus Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

For the dressing:

  • 1/3
    cup
    red wine vinegar
  • 2
    teaspoons
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoons
    minced garlic
  • 1
    teaspoon
    sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons
    dried oregano
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste (optional)
  • 1/2
    cup
    extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1
    pound
    asparagus
  • 2 1/2
    cups
    uncooked pasta, such as penne or rotini
  • 2/3
    cup
    sliced red onions
  • 1 1/2
    cups
    diced tomatoes
  • 2/3
    cup
    shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving

Make the dressing:

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until combined. Set the dressing aside.

Make the pasta salad:

Remove the tough stems of the asparagus then cut each spear into 1-inch pieces.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 10 to 11 minutes, then add the asparagus to the pot and cook it with pasta for 1 more minute. Drain the pasta and asparagus then rinse it with cold water.

Transfer the pasta and asparagus to a large bowl. Stir in the onions and tomatoes. Pour the dressing over the pasta, tossing to combine, then cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours and up to overnight. When ready to serve, stir in the Parmesan cheese and enjoy cold or at room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts

Asparagus Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Amount Per Serving

Calories 214
Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 10mg0%

Potassium 247mg7%

Carbohydrates 19g6%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 525IU11%

Vitamin C 8mg10%

Calcium 39mg4%

Iron 2.2mg12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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