Grilled Asparagus Pasta Salad

· nectarine, pesto, sunflower seeds ·

June 19, 2015 28 Comments

Grilled Asparagus and Nectarine Pasta Salad // http://fromthelandweliveon.com

I promised you guys a recipe using pesto, earlier this week, and am so excited to share one of our current favourites!

I’ve made this 4 times. 4 times!!! That doesn’t happen very often around here. I’m not a pasta-lover, but it’s probably on my husband’s “top 3” list,Β so we’ve been trying to find ways where we can enjoy the same-ish pasta meals with mutual satisfaction. This particular pasta experience was born turning an asparagus-pesto pasta for him into a pasta salad (super heavy on the veg) for me. I mixed my pasta with zucchini noodles to vegΒ it up and sliced up some fresh nectarines, which totally blew this away!

Grilled Asparagus and Nectarine Pasta Salad // http://fromthelandweliveon.com

Let’s be honest. Nothing replaces freshly made wheat pasta, cooked al dente in well-salted water, with a copious amount of good extra virgin olive oil. I won’t pretend that brown rice pasta is the same, but when I first discovered it, I was totally surprised with how pretty darn good it is, especially when the focus is on the other ingredients vs. the actual pasta. I have a hard time digesting regular wheat pasta (which is mostly why I’m not a fan), but the brown rice pasta, in small amounts, is totally cool with my belly. This brand is my go-to, as it’s super easy to cook, doesn’t get mushy, and tastes awesome!

Grilled Asparagus and Nectarine Pasta Salad // http://fromthelandweliveon.com

Grilled Asparagus + Nectarine Pasta Salad

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • ~200g dry or ~300g fresh pasta (I like this brown rice pasta), cooked al dente in salted water
  • 1 lb of asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 small firm but ripe peaches or nectarines, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, shaved into ribbons or noodles with a regular or julienne vegetable peeler
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil + 1 tsp. for asparagus
  • 3/4 tsp. salt + more for asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sunflower seeds, for garnish
  • basil leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill and use your hands to lightly coat the asparagus stalks with 1 tsp. of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, grill the asparagus on high heat for a few minutes on each side so that it's a tad charred in spots, but still retains some bite.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, run it under cold water to cool it down and stop the cooking proecss. Set aside to drain.
  4. Slice grilled asparagus into 1 inch bite sizes pieces.
  5. Combine the pasta with zucchini noodles, asparagus, nectarines, pesto, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice and toss to combine. Taste and adjust with more salt and lemon juice, if necessary.
  6. Garnish with seeds and basil leaves.
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28 Comments

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    Homemade & Yummy

    June 19, 2015

    I would have never thought of this combination….I will be sure to pin it and schedule a FB share too!!

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      Sofia

      June 19, 2015

      Thanks so much, Homemade & Yummy!

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    Anna

    June 19, 2015

    yumm such a perfect summer lunch <3

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    Alanna @ One Tough Cookie

    June 19, 2015

    Wow! I never would have thought of using peaches or nectarines in my pasta, but I can now imagine how well it would pair with the asparagus and pesto. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Sofia

      June 21, 2015

      Thanks, Alanna! It was a great match…an accident at first, but definitely a keeper.

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    Wanda

    June 19, 2015

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love stone fruit and will have to try it :)

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    Janice @Kitchen Heals Soul

    June 19, 2015

    I love putting peaches in savoury salad! Seriously! This salad is for me :)
    Also, I want to put pesto on everything. It’s the best.

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      Sofia

      June 21, 2015

      Pesto is the best! So many possibilities. Thanks, Janice :)

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    Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls

    June 19, 2015

    Mmm, grilled or roasted asparagus is one of my faves! And I adore pesto pasta salad. I’ll have to give this a go during the summer months!

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      Sofia

      June 21, 2015

      We’ve been eating it grilled all the way this season. So good! Thanks, Amanda :)

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    Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness

    June 20, 2015

    This pasta salad has so many of my favourite ingredients! It looks absolutely delicious!

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    Brianne

    June 21, 2015

    This sounds awesome, Sofia!

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    Trish

    June 23, 2015

    Now THIS is my kind of June dinner! This went straight to my recipes to try list for this week!

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      Sofia

      June 23, 2015

      Sweet! Hope you like it, Trish :)

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    June 26, 2015

    i am in the same pasta predicament with pasta in this house. love this any definitely trying!! xo

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      Sofia

      June 26, 2015

      Let me know how it goes :) I hope you’ll both enjoy it! Thanks, Lynsey.

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    Karishma

    June 30, 2015

    This looks so fresh and tasty! Nectarines and pesto? Yum!!

    Also your photography on this post is just stunning!

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      Sofia

      June 30, 2015

      Thanks so much, Karishma :)

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    Samantha

    January 26, 2016

    Another perfect vegan recipe!

    Sam xx

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