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Need an easy, crowd-pleasing dish to serve at home or bring to a summer pot luck? This is it! It takes almost no time to make and best yet … it tastes even better the next day.
For the dressing:
Mix shallot, garlic, mustard and red wine vinegar in a small bowl with a whisk. Slowly stream in the olive oil and continue to whisk. Do it slowly so it will emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add more or less vinegar depending on how tangy you like it.
Cook asparagus for 3 minutes in a pot of boiling water until crisp/tender. Remove it from the water and immediately dip in a bowl of ice water so it retains its color. Pat asparagus dry with a tea towel and set aside.
Cook pasta according to directions on the package, then drain and put in a large bowl. While it’s still hot pour 1/4 of the dressing on the pasta and stir.
Gently mix in the remaining salad ingredients (except feta cheese). Add the rest of the dressing and toss. Crumble feta cheese on top and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
At this point you could spoon it into a bowl and serve, but it’s really better if you wait until the next day. You might need to add a little more vinaigrette in the morning.
I usually add blanched broccoli, but didn’t have any so I substituted the asparagus. You can use just about any veggie you like. Don’t like feta? No problem … add blue cheese or Parmesan.
Be creative and enjoy!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!