Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad is wonderfully tasty, creative  and colorful combination of early Summer,  perfect for picnics and lunches.
Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

By Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad is my recipe of the day.

I thought it would make a  good pair when I was shopping and had them both in my hands. Such  pretty colors together. I don’t recall how the  conversation got started, but I began chatting up the boy who was stocking  produce there.

However, I do remember him saying  how  he didn’t  think there was much  to do with  rhubarb besides strawberry rhubarb pie. I just smiled. As a food blogger, between me and dozens of my blogging friends, we will cover a lot  more territory  than that.

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

The  Versatility of Rhubarb

We can see even with this recipe that rhubarb can be used in more than just baking recipes. Besides pies  and crisps,  it makes wonderfully moist quick breads and muffins.

Rhubarb can also be  used in sauces, soups and as sweet toppings for things like  pancakes. And never forget that before Heinz ketchup,  our  grandmothers could incorporate this into their canning and preserving as things such as jams and fruit ketchups.

I bet it would make a blockbuster barbecue sauce.

Asparagus  and Rhubarb in Salad

Rhubarb is represented  here with asparagus in a salad. As well, rhubarb takes on a softer character while the asparagus remains crisp and crunchy.

Pasta salads provide a soft counterpoint  in the noodles. But you  can switch that to crunchy by exchanging noodles for crisp lettuces and raw vegetables. So you can see how rhubarb can help your creativity in the kitchen soar.

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

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Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

Sue Lau
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Salad:

  • 8 ounces trimmed fresh rhubarb (chopped)
  • 8 ounces trimmed fresh asparagus (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Toss rhubarb and asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place rhubarb and asparagus in a single layer on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and set aside.
  • Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions, then drain.
  • Whisk together the dressing and combine with salad ingredients.
  • Chill before serving.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Summer salads

Asparagus and Rhubarb Pasta Salad

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