Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Basil, and Grape Tomatoes

Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Basil, and Grape Tomatoes
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Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Basil, and Grape Tomatoes
Casey Friedman
Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Basil, and Grape Tomatoes

Pasta salad is fantastic on a hot, summer day. This seasonal recipe comes together fairly quickly and can serve a small crowd. The crunch of raw asparagus, the sweetness of summer tomatoes, and the peppery fragrance of basil combine to make a satisfying, delicious appetizer or side dish.

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4
Servings
226
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  fusilli
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • One 6-ounce container nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2  Cup  olive oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  white balsamic vinegar
  • pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • bunch basil, chopped roughly
  • bunch thin asparagus, stemmed and sliced on a bias

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season with salt until it tastes like the sea. Add the fusilli and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta.

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, and white balsamic vinegar until well blended. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add the pasta with the remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
25g
36%
Saturated Fat
22g
92%
Cholesterol
2mg
1%
Protein
1g
2%
Sodium, Na
19mg
1%

Pasta Salad Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Salad Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

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