Asparagus-Spinach Pasta Salad Recipe
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Asparagus-Spinach Pasta Salad Recipe

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Fresh spinach, crunchy cashews and penne pasta are tossed with roasted asparagus to create this delightful spring salad. —Kathleen Lucas, Trumbull, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked penne pasta
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cashews
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Place asparagus in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with salt. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring after 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. For dressing, combine onions, vinegar and soy sauce in a blender; cover and process. While processing, gradually add the remaining oil in a steady steam.
  3. In a large salad bowl, combine pasta, spinach and asparagus. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cashews and Parmesan cheese. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Warm Asparagus-Spinach Salad in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Spring 2006, p17

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char04us User ID: 8364946 252494
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2016

"This was an ok recipe. You have to eat it right away. Not to good as a leftover meal. I added fresh tomatoes from our garden."

zippee-0415 User ID: 6353988 246101
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"Awesome! As suggested in some reviews, I added garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar to the dressing. We had grilled chicken breasts with it and cut the chicken into tiny pieces to eat with the salad in each bite. I baked the asparagus for 20 minutes, it didn't look ready after 8-10 minutes. Made a lot! This tastes good cold next day, too."

Beema User ID: 446601 226059
Reviewed May. 8, 2015

"I read the reviews before making this recipe, and decided to add the garlic, and I also added some horseradish. Supreme! I sized it down to serve just two; easy to do with this recipe. And for those who cannot eat nuts, not to worry.. just eliminate them and the end result is still an outstanding salad."

LBAlba User ID: 7687528 120296
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"This has become a family side dish favorite."

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 180101
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"This was a good salad but it needed a little something to make it pop. I think next time I will use some minced garlic."

Anderson38 User ID: 7809378 182886
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"We loved it."

w0witsNikki User ID: 5922497 182885
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"The flavor combo sounded odd at first, but I've been making this for 7+ years now and it's hands down my favorite pasta salad of all time. It's always a hit at gatherings - so flavorful and unique!"

kbullard User ID: 6675995 179929
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Made it as the main was very good. I like the idea of adding garlic and Balsamic Vinegar. This is a keeper."

julieehle User ID: 1716709 98080
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"Delicious! I cut the recipe in half for my smaller family and still have leftovers for lunch tomorrow, yeah! I added minced garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar to the dressing and some diced grilled chicken breast and served with rolls for a complete meal. A keeper, quick and easy."

PinkTulips User ID: 6468992 143331
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"Me again...

Don't know where the question marks came from. I typed a long hyphen."

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