I’m officially ready for spring, and it seems like a lot of you are too. April is all about spring vegetables – asparagus are at their peak, snap peas begin to make an appearance, and spring garlic, onions, and the first spring radishes are thriving. How do I know this when I have never (and will never) gardened?! Because I shop local, buy seasonal produce, and try to not eat processed foods as much as I can. So, for April’s Adams recipe I decided to use as much “green” as I could find and came up with this green pasta dish with a homemade creamy sauce based on a green goddess dressing. The avocado makes the sauce creamy, while the fresh herbs and citrus make it taste like spring.
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Green Goddess Pasta Salad
serves 4 / prep time: 30 minutes
1 box pasta (gluten-free if needed)
1 bunch of thin asparagus
½ bunch of fresh parsley
12 fresh basil leaves
4 sprigs of tarragon
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen peas thawed
3 cups arugula
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta of choice.
2. While the pasta cooks, prepare your dressing
Dressing: Add the avocado, 2 tablespoons or more of olive oil, the juice from 1 lemon, the juice from 2 limes, all the fresh herbs, and sour cream to a blender or food processor. Process everything on high for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth. Scrape into a small bowl and set aside.
3. Strain pasta and set aside.
4. Sauté asparagus and peas in a pan with olive oil until cooked.
5. Mix pasta, asparagus, peas, arugula, and dressing all together. Season with salt and pepper and serve cold or as is.
Feel free to add grilled chicken or shrimp or keep it vegetarian for a meatless Monday.
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