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Hot Asparagus Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2-2/3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 inch slice fresh gingeroot, minced, optional
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 pound fully cooked ham, julienned or cubed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained or 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup sliced ripe olives
  • DRESSING:
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard

Directions

  • 1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic and ginger if desired in oil over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add asparagus, shrimp and water; cook until asparagus is crisp-tender and shrimp are cooked, about 8 minutes.
  • 3. Stir in ham, water chestnuts or celery and olives. Remove from the heat. Drain pasta and place in a large salad bowl; add asparagus mixture. Cover with foil. Combine dressing ingredients; pour over salad and toss. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 380 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 632mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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