Warm Asparagus-Spinach Pasta Salad

This is an excellent side or main dish salad featuring three exciting spring green veggies.

Warm Asparagus-Spinach Pasta Salad


1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 lbs. uncooked penne pasta

3/4 cup chopped green onions

6 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 pkg. (6 oz.) fresh spinach

1 cup coarsely chopped cashews, optional

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Place asparagus into a 13"x9" baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with salt. Bake, uncovered, at 400 F for 8–10 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring after 5 minutes. Cook pasta; drain. For dressing, combine onions, vinegar, and soy sauce in a blender and process. While processing, gradually add the 1/2 cup oil in steady stream. In a large bowl, combine pasta, spinach and asparagus. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cashews and cheese.
Yield: 12 servings.