Farfalle Salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms

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The asparagus has been gorgeous this year. Skinny and tender, it requires just the tiniest bit of steaming, then a hint of lemon and salt. Every time I would normally have a salad, I’ve been serving asparagus instead. I’m saving up some in the freezer for soup later, and I’m also trying to incorporate it in as many main dishes as possible. This week, I put it in pasta salad.
I’m sending this over to Ruth’s Presto Pasta Nights hosted this week by Gillian of So So Simple Food.
Dressing:
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 fat clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
Whisk all ingredients together.
Salad:
5-6 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces asparagus
8 ounces farfalle
3/4 cup sliced yellow bell pepper (about 1/2 a pepper)
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup minced parsley
3 large pepperoncini, stemmed, seeded, and minced
Toss the sliced mushrooms with 2 or 3 tablespoons of dressing and set aside. Snap the woody ends from the asparagus and cut into 1-1/2 to 2 inch pieces.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking time, add the asparagus and stir. Drain the pasta and asparagus. Toss with remaining salad dressing. Add the bell pepper, onion, parsley and pepperoncini and toss again.
Serves 4

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7 Responses

  1. Great looking salad. Actually, I forgot to update the Presto Pasta Night site – This week it’s being hosted by Gillian of So So Simple Food. http://sososimple.blogspot.co.nz/

  2. Hi Claire
    A beautiful richly coloured salad. I like the addition of oregano in your dressing goes so well with those vegetables. Lovely entry for PPN

  3. Hi there, this is a really nice post about asparagus. It would be great if you linked to it in my Food on Friday series. This week it is about all things asparagus. Food on Friday

  4. I’m visiting from Carole’s Chatter (asparagus linky) and this looks delish!!! Might have to make it this weekend:) Thanks for sharing and come say hello sometime at

    http://stellabskitchen.blogspot.com

  5. Hi there. I was looking at this great dish you linked in to Food on Friday: Asparagus. I realized that I haven’t been following your blog. Sorry about that. I have signed up to follow now. It would be great if you followed Carole’s Chatter back. Have a super week.

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