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Asparagus Pasta Salad

 Asparagus Pasta Salad
I got this recipe from my sister-in-law while visiting her in Texas. I usually prepare this salad in the summer as a light evening meal for my family or as an extra-special lunch for friends.
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 package (16 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup diced fully cooked ham
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1-1/2 cups zesty Italian dressing
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dill weed


  • Place asparagus in a large saucepan with enough water to cover; cook
  • until crisp-tender. Drain and cool. In a large bowl, combine
  • asparagus with the remaining ingredients; toss to coat. Cover and
  • refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 307 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 720 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein.