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lemon vegetable pasta salad

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Meryl Hausner
Wood-Ridge, NJ

This salad goes a long way. Great for large gatherings. This pasta salad is easy and takes no time to throw together. Enjoy.

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This pasta salad recipe is different than other types we've had. Blanched snap peas and asparagus add tons of fresh flavor, but their harsh crispness is taken away in the blanching process. Yellow bell pepper adds a touch of sweetness and crunch. We liked the slight lemon and tarragon flavor in the creamy dressing. In warmer months, this could be part of a light dinner served with a piece of grilled fish or chicken.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves many
prep time 10 Min
cook time 2 Hr 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For lemon vegetable pasta salad

  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    yogurt, plain or non-fat
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/4 c
    tarragon, chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon, dried
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 pkg
    pasta shells, medium (16 oz. each)
  • 3 lb
    asparagus, blanched & cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 2 lb
    snap pea pods, blanched
  • 16
    green onions, sliced, 1 cup
  • 2 md
    yellow bell peppers, coarsely chopped, 2 cups

How To Make lemon vegetable pasta salad

Test Kitchen Tips
This recipe makes a large amount of pasta salad. The recipe can be cut in half if you're not serving a crowd.
  • Lemon dressing ingredients in a bowl.
    In a large bowl, mix all lemon mayonnaise ingredients until well blended; set aside.
  • Boiling pasta.
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on the package. Rinse with cold water, and drain.
  • Blanching pea pods.
    To blanch the asparagus and pea pods, plunge them into boiling water for 10-15 seconds or until they turn bright green.
  • Pea pods in an ice water bath.
    Remove from boiling water and plunge into a bowl of ice and water to stop the cooking. Drain.
  • Pasta salad ingredients added to a bowl.
    In a large bowl, mix the pasta and the remaining ingredients.
  • Mixing in lemon dressing.
    Stir in lemon mayonnaise until well-mixed.
  • Pasta salad in a resealable container.
    Cover and refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours or until chilled.