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Cold Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta salad with gluten free rotini, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, gouda cheese, salami, olive oil and seasonings! Such a delicious, quick and easy summertime classic. Ready in 25 minutes or less, this is the perfect salad to serve at (or bring to) a summer celebration.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th Of July Foods, Barbeque Sides, Cookout Sides, Gluten Free Pasta Salad, Healthy Sides, Pasta Salad With Asparagus, Summer Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 445kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz gluten free rotini *see note below
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 4 oz. package thin sliced salami *pepperoni will also work
  • 10 oz. package cherry tomatoes
  • 10 oz. package cubed gouda cheese *see note below
  • 1 2.25 oz. can sliced olives *drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Recipe notes:

Gluten free rotini: I prefer the Banza brand (see link). It's made from chickpeas and tastes very similar to wheat pasta in my opinion (nutrition info below is calculated using this pasta)!
Cubed gouda cheese: feel free to substitute your favorite type of cheese! When purchasing groceries for this recipe, look for cheese that is already cubed to save yourself some time. Cheese sticks are super easy to cut down into cubes.

Instructions

  • Place a large pot of salted, HOT water on the stovetop and set heat to high.
  • While waiting for water to boil, remove woody ends from asparagus and chop down into small, bite size pieces.
  • Add pasta to boiling water, reduce heat and set a timer according to instructions on packaging. With three minutes remaining, add asparagus to the pot.
  • Drain pasta and asparagus, rinse with cold water and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Dice red onion, quarter salami and cut tomatoes in half. Add all three to the bowl along with cubed cheese and drained black olives.
  • Mix seasonings and olive oil together and stir into pasta salad ingredients until well incorporated.
  • Eat your salad right away or cover with plastic wrap and chill.
  • Plate and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6th of recipe | Sugar: 5.5g | Fiber: 6g | Calories: 445kcal | Fat: 26.5g | Protein: 28g | Carbohydrates: 30.5g