Warm Asparagus Pasta Salad

Warm Asparagus Pasta Salad

June 9, 2020 | by Shannon | Jump to Recipe

Summer is just around the corner, and I don’t think we’ve ever been more excited.

We’re ready for the adventures of summer, even if they will be a little different this year as we all begin to step out into the world and get social again.

The Perfect Summer Dish

One thing I know for sure: this heavenly Warm Asparagus Pasta Salad will be served weekly at our house.  It’s my new go-to dish for entertaining this summer!  And the fact that this warm pasta salad comes together in 30 minutes or less just makes it even more perfect.

Technically, asparagus is a spring vegetable, but I can’t help but associate it with both spring and summer, especially these days when you can find asparagus at the grocery store year-round.

The asparagus in this warm pasta salad is roasted, then tossed into spaghetti with mozzarella cubes (omit to keep this dish vegan), herbs, tomatoes, garbanzo and red kidney beans, olives—my daughter’s idea and truly genius contribution to this dish, and my favorite Creamy Balsamic Dressing.

It doesn’t get much more deliciously-summery in my book!

The Finishing Touch

I finish this pasta salad with my favorite finishing salt, fleur de sel.

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It’s a French finishing salt of flaky salt crystals that is perfect for just about every meal. I finish so many of my dishes with fleur de sel, but it’s especially amazing on this Warm Asparagus Pasta Salad.  That final sprinkling of fleur de sel just enhances all the beautiful summer flavors of this pasta salad.

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A New Summer Favorite

Make my Warm Asparagus Pasta Salad, and I’m sure it will become a repeat summer favorite!

What are your favorite summer meals?

5 from 2 votes

Warm Asparagus Pasta Salad

This warm pasta salad is perfect for summer! Roasted asparagus, my creamy balsamic dressing, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and herbs will make this pasta salad a repeat dish all summer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6
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Ingredients

For the asparagus:

  • 7 asparagus spears, cut on the bias to 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar or red wine vinegar

For the herbs and veggies:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 11 olives, sliced (I use manzanilla, but kalamata would also be delicious)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, minced

For the Creamy Balsamic Dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Vegenaise, (or mayonnaise)

Everything else:

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cubes, (be sure to freshly cube the cheese yourself! You can also omit the mozzarella to keep this recipe vegan)
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • Fleur de sel, for finishing

Instructions

Make the dressing

  • In a small bowl, add the garlic, salt, and pepper, followed by the olive oil, Vegenaise, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar. Now simply whisk everything together with a fork.
  • Keep whisking until the dressing emulsifies. (Or comes together completely and there is no separation between the oil and the other ingredients.) This could take a minute or two, so don’t worry, just keep whisking until you get there.
  • Dressing is done!

Cook the pasta and chop the veggies & herbs

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta cooks, chop the veggies, herbs, cheese, and roast the asparagus.

Roast the asparagus

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
  • Lay the asparagus pieces on a standard-sized baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil, vinegar, and sea salt over the asparagus, then mix everything together with your hands.
  • Roast at 375 degrees for 12 minutes, until the asparagus is cooked but still has a bite to it.
  • Asparagus is done!

Put it all together

  • One the pasta has finished cooking, drain it, and put it back in the pot.
  • While the pasta is still warm, add the mozzarella cubes and dressing to the pot. (I use all the dressing, but you can start with about half, and then add more to taste.) Toss until the dressing begins to incorporate, and the cheese begins to melt.
  • Now add everything else to the pot, and mix to incorporate. Tongs are a great tool here for making sure that all the veggies, herbs, and beans get evenly distributed.

Finish with fleur de sel (or sea salt)

  • Finish the dish with 1/2-1 tsp fleur de sel. Start with 1/2 tsp, stir to incorporate, and taste. Leave as is if you like the salt level, or add the remaining 1/2 tsp fleur de sel.

Serve and enjoy!

  • This is a filling meal all by itself, but it is also delicious when served over a bed of spinach with a side of Gardein, Beyond Meat, or your favorite meat substitute.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This dish is vegetarian!
This dish is vegan if you omit the mozzarella cubes.
This dish is gluten free if you use gluten free pasta.

I’m Shannon, thanks for visiting!  When I’m not on an adventure with my little girl, I’m developing plant-based recipes or watching a Classic Film!

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Jeff the Chef

    This sounds delicious. I love the olives in the mix! And your plating is gorgeous.

    1. Shannon

      Thank you so much Jeff! The olives were my daughter’s contribution. She’s a natural little chef already!

  2. mimi rippee

    This is fabulous! More like a warm pasta salad in my book, which I love. Pasta served warm puts off the most aromas and flavors I think. Love your dressing!

    1. Shannon

      Oh I completely agree Mimi! The flavors of a warm pasta salad like this one are definitely richer and more intense in my book. Thanks for your comment Mimi, hope you have a lovely day!

  3. Katerina

    5 stars
    Ohh, this looks and sounds like another keeper, Shannon! Does your daughter love olives as much as mine does? Mine will just stand there and eat them right out of the jar but is the happiest when we incorporate them into her favourite meals, so I dare say she would love this! I love that this comes together so quickly too – bonus! Happy Thursday, lovely!

    1. Shannon

      Oh, my daughter absolutely LOVES olives, that is so cute that yours does too! Sounds like they would be best buds. 😄. You’ve seriously just described a scene in our house haha. Any meal that has olives is an automatic hit in our house, I’m sure your daughter would love this dish! Thanks so much for the lovely comment Katerina! ♥️

  4. Lovely

    This pasta salad look so delicious ! I have to try it out, thanks for sharing.

    1. Shannon

      Thank you so much Lovely! It’s definitely a new summer favorite in our house! 😃

  5. David @ Spiced

    5 stars
    What an awesome combination of flavors here, Shannon! I don’t know how I missed this recipe last week, but I’m glad I’m seeing it now. We’re all about pasta salads in the summer, and this one is certainly unique. I love the asparagus in there. We often just toss asparagus in olive oil and grill it – delicious, for sure – but I’m looking for new ways to mix it up. This pasta salad is it! And the olives in there for salty bites of goodness? I echo your thoughts that they are genius!

    1. Shannon

      Thanks David! Ohhh grilled asparagus is the BEST! Something I’m always excited to add to any meal, or eat alone!
      Aren’t the olives a great addition? My daughter’s already putting me to shame, I never would have thought of adding them here haha, but they truly are the finishing touch.

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