Warm Asparagus Spinach Salad



  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs uncooked penne or medium tube pasta
  • 3/4 green onions, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg. fresh baby spinach
  • 1 coarsely chopped cashews
  • 1/2 shredded Parmesan cheese


Place asparagus in 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with salt. Bake, uncovered, at 400° 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring every 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. For dressing, combine onions, vinegar and soy sauce in blender; cover and process. While processing, gradually add remaining oil in steady stream. In large bowl, combine pasta, spinach and asparagus. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cashews and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. (14 to 16 servings)

Spinach, cashews and pasta are mixed with roasted asparagus in this delightful spring salad.

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