Spring Pasta Salad with a Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Fresh and Flavorful: Spring Pasta Salad with a Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette Welcome to pasta salad season aka the best season, where vibrant colors and fresh flavors abound! As we bid farewell to winter and embrace the warmth of spring, what better way to celebrate than with a delightful spring pasta salad? Bursting with

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Fresh and Flavorful: Spring Pasta Salad with a Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette

Spring Pasta Salad with Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette

Welcome to pasta salad season aka the best season, where vibrant colors and fresh flavors abound! As we bid farewell to winter and embrace the warmth of spring, what better way to celebrate than with a delightful spring pasta salad? Bursting with bright and flavorful ingredients, this salad features a zesty lemony caper and shallot vinaigrette. It is perfectly complemented by a medley of ingredients including juicy tomatoes, crumbled feta, shaved asparagus, chopped artichokes, red onions, and crunchy walnuts.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Seasonal Ingredients: Spring brings an abundance of fresh produce, and this pasta salad makes the most of it with ingredients like asparagus, artichokes, and cherry tomatoes, adding both flavor and nutrition to the dish.
  • Flavorful Vinaigrette: The tangy and bright flavors of the lemony caper and shallot vinaigrette elevate the taste of the salad, tying all the ingredients together in a bright and tangy blend.
  • Texture and Crunch: From the crispness of the asparagus to the crunch of the walnuts, this salad offers a delightful variety of textures that keep each bite interesting and satisfying.
  • Versatility: While this recipe highlights specific ingredients, feel free to customize it based on your preferences or what’s available in your pantry. You can easily swap ingredients or add additional ones to suit your taste.

How To Store Pasta Salad


To maintain the freshness and flavor of your pasta salad, proper storage is key. After preparing your pasta salad, ensure it cools completely before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This helps prevent the salad from going bad and keeps the salad tasting its best. Additionally, consider storing any dressings or toppings separately. As you can add them just before serving to prevent the salad from becoming soggy. When properly stored, pasta salads can typically last in the refrigerator for up to three to four days. By following these storage tips, you can enjoy your delicious pasta salad for several days, making meal prep and leftovers a breeze.

Pasta Salad = The Perfect Hosting Dish

Pasta salads are an absolute top-tier dish when it comes to hosting, and dinner parties, offering a perfect blend of convenience, versatility, and crowd-pleasing flavor. I love how pasta salads can be prepared ahead of time, and they are easy to store! Perfect for when bringing a dish to dinner parties. This delectable dish caters to a crowd- as it can be made based on dietary preferences and can easily be customized to accommodate allergies or dietary restrictions.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pasta of choice
  • asparagus
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • artichokes
  • walnuts
  • microgreens
  • feta
  • olive oil
  • shallots
  • capers
  • Dijon mustard
  • red wine vinegar
  • honey
  • salt & pepper
  • avocado oil

Equipment Needed

  • Large Pot: A large pot is essential for boiling the pasta. Choose a pot with enough capacity to accommodate the pasta without overcrowding, which ensures even cooking.
  • Colander: A colander or strainer is necessary for draining the cooked pasta. Make sure it’s large enough to hold the pasta without spilling.
  • Mixing Bowl: A spacious mixing bowl is required for tossing the cooked pasta with the dressing and other ingredients. Opt for a bowl that provides ample room for thorough mixing.
  • Whisk or Mixing Utensil: You’ll need a whisk or mixing utensil to combine the ingredients for the dressing. A whisk works well for emulsifying dressings, but a fork or spoon can also suffice.
  • Cutting Board and Knife: Depending on the ingredients you choose, you may need a cutting board and knife for chopping vegetables, herbs, cheese, or other toppings.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: Accurately measuring ingredients is crucial for achieving the desired flavor and consistency in your pasta salad. Keep measuring cups and spoons on hand for precise portioning.
  • Serving Platter or Bowl: Once your pasta salad is ready, transfer it to a serving platter or bowl to present it beautifully to your guests.

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we all know how much I love spring pasta salads – especially during my pregnancy! I made this recently for a dinner party and everyone went wild for it 😋 paired with a Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette, that’s so good, you can drink it on its own. for the full recipe comment PASTA SALAD & I’ll dm you directly how to make it! 🩷 enjoy xx Spring Pasta Salad with a Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette Serves 6 Ingredients Pasta Salad 1 box of pasta of choice 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1 can artichokes, halved 1 cup walnuts 5-6 asparagus sprigs, peeled 1/2 cup feta, crumbled 1 handful microgreens Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette 1/2 lemon, juiced & zested 1 tbsp avocado oil 2 tbsp capers 1 small shallot, thinly sliced 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp honey 2 tsp red wine vinegar salt & pepper for the full recipe comment PASTA SALAD & I’ll dm you directly how to make it! 🩷 #pasta #pastasalad #spring #springsalad #summersalad #mealprep #dinnerparty #hosting #vinaigrette #healthy #salad #saladdressing #homecook #easyrecipe #familydinner

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Spring Pasta Salad with Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette

Indulge in the vibrant flavors of spring with this bright and flavorful Spring Pasta Salad featuring a zesty Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette. Bursting with seasonal produce, this recipe combines pasta with a medley of fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes, shaved asparagus, artichokes, and crunchy walnuts!
Spring Pasta Salad with Lemony Caper & Shallot Vinaigrette
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Yields: 6

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 1 box of pasta of choice
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 can artichokes halved
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 5-6 asparagus sprigs peeled
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbled
  • 1 handful microgreens

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 lemon juiced & zested
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 small shallot thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Pasta Salad

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Once boiled, add pasta and cook according to box instructions. Once pasta is cooked, set aside until cooled.
  • Once the pasta is cooled completely, add all other pasta salad ingredients to a large bowl with the pasta. Squeeze lemon over top and top with a few cracks of black pepper.

Vinaigrette

  • In a small saucepan, add avocado oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is heated, add in capers and shallots. Season with salt & pepper. Once shallots start to sizzle, reduce heat to low-medium, continuously moving them around to ensure they don’t burn. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until capers and shallots have lightly browned and become crispy. Remove from heat and seat aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine all vinaigrette ingredients. Add in the fried shallots, avocado oil and capers. Mix until combined. Taste and season as necessary.

Assembly

  • Drizzle salad dressing overtop of the pasta salad. Serve and enjoy!

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