Monday, May 17, 2010

Day 17--Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Here's a recipe from my friend Walt. Since asparagus is so fresh and tasty right now, give this version of a pasta salad a try! Green beans or broccoli make good substitutions for the asparagus.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

1 pound bow tie pasta
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1 pound fresh asparagus cut up
4 green onions sliced
1 diced pepper--use whatever color you want
1/2 pound grape tomatoes
4 oz Feta cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes add asparagus and cook until tender-crisp. Drain and cool. Then add all ingredients to a large bowl.

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup good olive oil
fresh ground pepper

Whisk the first four ingredients together then add the oil slowly, whisking to make a homogeneous sauce. Pour over salad and toss to coat.