Spring Pasta Salad

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the Dressing

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, grated
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

For the Pasta

12 ounces cavatappi pasta, cooked to package instructions and shocked under cold water
4 ounces asparagus, blanched and thinly sliced on the bias
1 box frozen peas, defrosted
One 12-ounce jar roasted yellow peppers, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
Ricotta salata, for garnish

For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and season with salt and pepper.

For the pasta: Toss the pasta with the asparagus, peas, roasted peppers, tomatoes, shallots and dill. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing to coat. Let the salad hang out for a bit to soak up all of the flavor.

When ready to serve, bowl it up and shave some ricotta salata over the top to seal the deal.

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