Not your ordinary pasta salad, this gourmet dish gets a citrusy and nutritious twist when warm, gluten-free penne is tossed with fresh-squeezed orange juice, slender asparagus spears and chopped pistachio nuts. No need to pre-steam the greens—slender stalks will soften after you add them to the mix!
Orange Asparagus Pasta Salad
8 oz. penne pasta
1 lb. fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cool water.
2. In a large bowl, gently toss all ingredients.
3. Serve immediately.
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes using whole foods. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of howClean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter andPinterest; she’d love to hear from you!