Spring Garden Pasta Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    25mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    4
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    502
based on 4 ratings

This simple pasta salad combines all the fresh flavours of spring. Crisp vegetables and al dente pasta soak up the zesty dressing, creating a light and flavoursome dish that would make a wonderful addition to your next barbecue or buffet table.

recipe updated Dec 23, 2019

Ingredients

  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    1 (about 6 g)
  • Scallion icon
    Scallion
    6 (about 90 g)
  • Water icon
    Water
    1.75 L (about 1.75 kg)
  • Mozzarella cheese icon
    Mozzarella cheese
    1 (about 125 g)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    2 tbsp (about 7.8 g)
  • Fresh chives icon
    Fresh chives
    2 tbsp (about 6 g)
  • Fresh basil icon
    Fresh basil
    ½ cup (about 21.6 g)
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ cup (about 54.6 g)
  • Lemon juice icon
    Lemon juice
    ½ (about 14 g)
  • Lemon zest icon
    Lemon zest
    ½ (about 4 g)
  • Salt icon
    Salt
    1 tbsp (about 18 g)
  • Fusilli icon
    Fusilli
    175 g (about 2 cups)
  • Asparagus icon
    Asparagus
    150 g (about 10)
  • Green beans icon
    Green beans
    150 g (about 1 ¼ cups)
  • Peas icon
    Peas
    50 g (about ½ cup)
  • Watercress icon
    Watercress
    50 g (about ½ cup)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 pinch (about 0.38 g)

Tools

  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Medium bowl

Step preview

  1. Add extra virgin olive oil, garlic clove, lemon juice, lemon zest and scallion to a clean medium bowl
  2. Mix with tablespoon then set aside
  3. Add water, salt and fusilli to a clean large saucepan
  4. Cook until al dente
  5. Add asparagus, green beans and peas to the large saucepan
  6. Cook - approx 3 min
  7. Drain
  8. Transfer dressing to large saucepan
  9. Set aside until cool
  10. Add mozzarella cheese, watercress, fresh parsley, fresh chives and fresh basil to the large saucepan
  11. Season with salt & pepper
  12. Let rest - approx 5 min
  13. Serve
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