If you’re looking for side dish to bring to celebrations this spring, this Asparagus-Spinach Pasta Salad certainly fits the bill. It feels fancy enough for Easter dinner or a shower brunch, but it’ll go gangbusters at a simple backyard cookout, too. You’ll love it because it uses simple ingredients and only takes only half an hour from start to finish.
What makes this salad feel special is the roasted asparagus, one of our favorite spring ingredients, which gives it a rich taste and lots of roasty flavor. Toss in hearty penne pasta, baby spinach, chopped cashews, a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan and a light and tangy dressing, and you’ve got a bright, crunchy pasta salad that makes everyone around the table go back for seconds.
It’s so good you may even want a whole bowl for dinner-just add your favorite protein like chicken or salmon, and you’ve got the perfect spring meal that’s ready in a flash.