This creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has been sponsored by Naturally Fresh® Brand Dressings and The Motherhood but all opinions are my own.
When I was a kid, pasta salad was not my favorite thing to eat. In fact, it was on my list of ‘things to avoid at all cost’ when we went to a picnic or to Grandma’s house. I wasn’t the most adventurous eater as a child and it usually had weird things in it like tiny baby shrimp or miniature ears of corn. No thanks, I told mom. I’ll have a hot dog. Well, as an adult, I have much more refined tastes and this creamy asparagus pasta salad recipe has all of my favorite flavors tucked into one delicious dish!
Pasta Salads are Versatile!
As an adult, the thing I love most about pasta salads is that they are so incredibly versatile. There are dozens of variations depending on your mood. Tiny little shell shaped pasta or giant spirals make the base of your recipe.
Tuna, shrimp or bacon adds a bit of protein to the dish. Chunks of mozzarella cheese or tiny bits of bleu cheese to appeal to the cheese lover. (definitely me!) And the assortment of fresh and lightly steamed veggies you can add are endless. It’s a complete meal all served up in one delicious bowl.
Putting asparagus in pasta salad
Since we are just now moving into spring, I chose this creamy asparagus pasta salad combination. Asparagus is a perennial plant and we put some in the ground years ago in the back yard. It’s one of the first plants to pop back out of the ground in the spring and lets me know that winter is truly gone again for another year.
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I love those fresh, tender little spears even if I don’t get very many of them from my own garden. They are abundant in the grocery store right now and the stalks are thin, tender and absolutely yummy.
Using Blue Cheese Dressing Is An Easy Shortcut
To go along with my deliciously tender asparagus, I chose Naturally Fresh Bleu Cheese dressing, which is free from all artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, which I really appreciate. I absolutely LOVE Bleu Cheese and Naturally Fresh dressings are made with the best ingredients inside.
Naturally Fresh uses real chunks of aged bleu cheese and their own buttermilk and spices. Since there are no artificial preservatives in this dressing, you will find it in the refrigerated section at the grocery store so it stays fresh. Check out the Naturally Fresh store locator to find a retailer near you.
Bacon Makes Everything Better!
Since nothing goes better in my mind with bleu cheese then bacon, I added a few handfuls of that, too. I chose a nice thick cut bacon that was coated with coarse black pepper but there is really no such thing as bad bacon, right? Just cook up a few slices and crumble them up before tossing all your ingredients together.
As we move into spring, consider giving your menu a spring cleaning of its own. Rethink the ingredients you put into your recipes. Not sure how to do that? Here are a few simple tips:
- Buy local and/or in season: You will reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and your food will taste better
- Choose better-for-you products: If a product contains ingredients you can’t pronounce, choose something else.
- Choose sustainable grown and raised foods: Meats that are from free range/grass fed animals, organic fruits and veggies and responsibly farmed seafood are all good choices.
- Eat a rainbow every day: Tuck those colorful fruits and vegetables into every dish you make. The more colors you add to your food, the more nutrients your body receives!
Creamy Asparagus Pasta Salad Recipe
with Bacon and Bleu Cheese
Nutrition information not always accurate
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 482mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.