This is a spring pasta salad with lovely green asparagus, cherry tomatoes, small fresh mozzarella balls, basil and olive oil served with penne. Asparagus Pasta Salad is a simple and fresh vegetarian dish!

Everyone loves a good Caprese salad (tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella with olive oil), so why not change it a bit and make it a pasta salad? Also, since it is spring, why not add a few green asparagus to celebrate that? This Asparagus Pasta Salad is such a simple idea and takes no time to make. Great to bring for lunch, at a potluck or picnic, this pasta salad will highlight the day!

For Any Occasion

ASPARAGUS PASTA SALAD

It’s a “feeling lazy today” kind of meal… Just need to cook the pasta of your choice (healthier versions too like quinoa or kamut pasta) a bunch of juicy cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella balls, or the big balls of mozzarella do too, cut into small cubes. Although simple, it’s so good and fresh. You’ll see you might end up doing it every other week this summer.

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ASPARAGUS PASTA SALAD ingredients

This dish has delicate flavours, which means… we can taste that exquisite extra-virgin olive oil we always keep for big occasions. By the way, olive oil doesn’t last indefinitely; in just one year, it loses a lot of its flavour… so good thing we have those dishes to highlight that freshly bought extra-virgin olive oil before it’s too late. So here is that easy and tasty Caprese pasta salad with extra asparagus recipe.

Storage

Caprese pasta salad

Like most pasta salads, this dish gains being in the fridge. The merge of flavours is at its best a few hours after making the salad. You can keep it for up to 4 days in the fridge without a problem.

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Asparagus Pasta Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 563
This is a spring pasta salad with lovely green asparagus, cherry tomatoes, small fresh mozzarella balls, basil and olive oil served with penne. A simple and fresh vegetarian dish!

Ingredients

  • 500 g penne (or pasta of your choice)
  • 150 g small fresh mozzarella balls (or big cut into small dices)
  • 250 g green asparagus
  • 350 g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 hands basil leaves
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Add a big pot of salty water to boil.
  • Cut your asparagus into three parts once the bottom part is gone.
  • Add the asparagus to the boiling water for 2 minutes (keep them crunchy), then drain and rinse into cold water (keep the colour vibrant and the texture firmer).
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water, and cook them following the box instructions.
  • Cut the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella balls.
  • Drain the pasta, add to a big bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and the extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Add salt and mix before serving.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 563kcal
Course: Acompañamiento, Plato principal, side dish
Cuisine: Other
Keyword: asparagus, basil, caprese, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, pasta salad, penne, Spring rolls, vegetarian

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Asparagus Pasta Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
563
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
45
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
506
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
79
g
26
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
399
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
149
mg
15
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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