Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pasta Salad With Smoked Salmon And Asparagus

Ok, let's talk about fish and how my sidebar links only include recipes with canned tuna. I'm a fishphobe, there I said it. Fish scare me, not because of what they are, where they come from, or how they taste, but because of how I'll most likely ruin any recipe that includes these water-dwelling creatures. Fish is one of those delicate things, like lingerie laundering, biscuit dough, and teenagers. Sometimes avoidance is your best course of action.

Today, my friends, I have crossed the canned tuna barrier and you will now see another recipe using fish on my blog. Mind you, it's one of those baby steps things, because I used smoked salmon, but still it was a baby step forward from Star-Kist. I'm so proud of myself, I could just spawn.

June, of Jbug's Kitchen Antics came to my rescue once again with a no-fail recipe. You've seen me reference her blog several times in the past and that's because I'm always in such awe of her unique recipes and how she's so creative in the kitchen. This recipe is my adaptation of her pasta salad with smoked salmon and asparagus. On a side note, let's all remember that it's the beginning of asparagus season here and while it's ridiculously priced the rest of the year, now is the time to buy it for a reasonable price.

Pasta Salad With Smoked Salmon And Asparagus (adapted from JBug's Kitchen Antics)

2 cups whole wheat pasta (I used gemelli)
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends removed, cut into one inch pieces
1/2 sweet onion, diced
4 ounces smoked salmon, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, diced

1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 TBSP dijon mustard
1 1/2 TBSP fat free sour cream
1 tsp dried tarragon (June, aren't you proud of me? I'm using tarragon!)
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP poppy seeds (unless you're scheduled for drug testing)
1/4 cup of the water you've cooked your pasta in
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta per directions on package. Two minutes before pasta is finished, add asparagus. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then rinse with cold water to cool.

In large bowl, combine mayo, mustard, sour cream, tarragon, lemon juice, poppy seeds, onion, salmon, red pepper and reserved pasta water. Stir to combine. Add cooled, cooked pasta and asparagus. Stir again to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Chill for at least an hour before serving.


Linda said...

This one does look tasty!

You had me till you said teenagers. That's where I lost my appetite! lol!

June said...

Wow Mags - I'm honored again and tickled pink that you tried another one of my recipes...and tarragon. Holy cow. What would your seesters think of that! LOL The only thing that is suspiciously absent is whether or not you liked it. Did you?

Mags said...

Linda: LOL... teenagers will do that every time. Great for the diet though, isn't it?

June: We loved it! I was worried that Molly wouldn't like it but she had two helpings!

Bob said...

I am not a fish-o-phobe whereas Lynn is a true fish-o-phobe, sans one type of fish, Salmon. Lynn's aversion to fish "I think" is because of where they live, in the depths of the ocean near other "creepy slimey" things. Give her a piece beef from a cow that's been penned up in a feed lot(standing in ....) until it perfectly marbled with fat, np, lol.

I'm always looking for ways to use leftover bbq plank salmon filets. Thanks for the recipe perfectly timed with our asparagus season too.

No comment on your "spawning" but it's nice to know you're taking some baby steps! lol.

Bob for both.

Pam said...

Delicate? Teenagers?

Other than that, the recipe sounds wonderful!

Federica said...

questo piatto è molto invitante!!!

Julie said...

Two of my favorite ingredients, asparagus and salmon.

How can it be asparagus season in Indiana? Do they grow it indoors?? It's still a small fortune here and will be until May.

George Gaston said...

Mags, I do like the ease of this pasta dish and I must say canned tuna is good in many great recipes. But by using smoked salmon here you are on your way to Lox & Bagels or a broiler Red Snapper.

Well done and this recipe is a keeper. Thanks...

Moogie said...

Whoa... mama. I want some of this! And not a little plate either. I want a big damn bowlful.

Michelle said...

"I could just spawn"...LOLLOLOLLOL!

Mags you are so funny!

This recipe sounds perfect for a summer meal and my husband, Mr. Tastebuds, would love it!

I used to be afraid to cook fish but I'm not now. I joined a group and we cooked our way through Le Cordon Bleu cooking school adgenda and I have no problem cooking fish now.

What fish are you making next?

Barbara Bakes said...

It's a gorgeous pasta salad! Great contrasting colors!

stephchows said...

good job jumping onto that fear :D Looks tasty! I agree teenagers really should be avoided at all costs :D

Debbie said...

Looks delicious. Love pasta and salmon. Do NOT love teenagers!!! Been through raising two already and another on his way up there....Help Me!!!!

Nanan said...

Mags, Lovely dish! I am proud you are swiming is strange waters with June! I wanted to try it when June posted it - now I know I must try it!!!!

Cooking with K said...

Oh! that looks so yummy...I am such a fan of pasta salad and this one is going in my to make file....Blessings, K

Karen said...

I always feel so elegant when I eat smoked salmon. Love it with pasta, too! 'So happy you could spawn." LOL

msmeanie said...

Sounds delicious and healthy! Love the addition of asparagus.

Megan said...

I love smoked salmon and this looks like a great was to use it in a dish. I've never really made anything with it, just ate it by itself. Thanks for the recipe!quiviv

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Good for you... This looks like a great recipe! I'm actually a bit of a fishaphobe myself... In fact, I'm somewhat afraid of all things salmon. I might have to take your lead and give it a try, though!

noonionplease said...

I adore smoked salmon, It's a very common ingredient here in Finland. Definitely I'll try your salad I just need to wait for asparagus season :)

Mel- said...

What a gorgeous asparagus recipe to celebrate spring's arrival. Just want to let you know about an asparagus recipe contest that's super simple to enter and offers gourmet prizes. Hope you'll join us at Beet 'n Squash YOU!

Love, Mel