This summery medley of spicy shrimp, fresh asparagus and pasta is subtly splashed with lemon. It adds a touch of elegance to any outdoor gathering or luncheon. If you make it ahead, add the basil just before serving. Serve with frosty glasses of iced tea. --Laureen Pittman, Riverside, California
"I prepared a similar version of this seafood salad years ago for my daughter's graduation," notes Mary Ann Berquam from her home in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. "Since then, I've substituted low-fat ingredients, and I still get many requests for the recipe."
Rarely do I come home with leftovers when I take this appetizing salad to family gathering and potlucks at work. It's hearty yet refreshing, and the edible "bowl" makes it fun to serve. Our two sons, 26 and 28, consider it a treat.
Southeast Washington is a prime growing area for asparagus, and this recipe is one of the best I've tried using this delicious vegetable. Because it has shrimp and ham, this salad is hearty enough to be served as a main dish.