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Nutty Penne, Spinach and Asparagus Salad

Asparagus for Nutty Penne, Spinach and Asparagus Salad

Nutty Penne, Spinach and Asparagus Salad with asparagus, spinach and penne pasta flavored with garlic and onions. Cashews add a nice crunch.


1-1/2 pound asparagus spears, ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1-1/2 pound penne pasta
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 6-ounce package baby spinach
1/4 cup unsalted roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon pepper


Blanch the asparagus until just tender, about three minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Cool. Cook the pasta until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Toss with one tablespoon of oil. Cool.

Blend the remaining oil, green onions, garlic, vinegar and soy sauce in a blender until smooth, about two minutes. Pour the dressing over the pasta.

Add the asparagus, spinach and cashews; toss to coat. Season with pepper.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 8 servings.

Did You Know?

Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance for folacin.

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