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💚 Asparagus Pasta Salad with Prosciutto

There's nothing like light asparagus pasta salad on a hot day! Add prosciutto and a tasty lemon dressing, and this dish just can't be beat!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 500.7kcal


Asparagus Pasta Salad

  • 1 teaspoon salt for the pasta water
  • 1 pound pasta rotini or fusilli
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 bunch asparagus chopped into 1" pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 ounce prosciutto chopped into thirds or small chunks
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 4 handfulls arugula

Lemon Dressing

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or more to taste
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese finely shredded


  • Heat water in a sizable pot for pasta. Once boiling, add salt and pasta, and cook according to package. When done, strain the pasta, rinse under cold water and return to pot.
  • Meanwhile, heat a medium-large pan on medium heat and melt butter. Once melted, toss in asparagus and garlic. Cook for 6-8 minutes, turning frequently, until asparagus is bright green and slightly softened. Remove from heat.
  • Add and stir in cooked asparagus, prosciutto, tomatoes and arugula to the pot of pasta.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and seasoning.
  • Mix dressing into pasta salad and toss with parmesan cheese.



  • Use kitchen shears to quickly trim the ends of asparagus.
  • To steam your asparagus (instead of sautéing it in butter), simply add the asparagus to the boiling pasta water and cook it with the pasta. Drain and rinse asparagus and pasta under cold water together.
  • Rinse pasta under cold water to cool down the dish and keep pasta from clumping together.  
  • If you want to go heavier on the dressing, simply double the lemon dressing ingredients.
  • No juicer? No problem! Find out how to easily juice al lemon without a juicer.
  • Squeeze extra lemon on pasta salad for even more flavor.


Calories: 500.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 65.3g | Protein: 17.9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 30.3mg | Sodium: 846.8mg | Potassium: 578.6mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 5.8g | Vitamin A: 1471.5IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 158.8mg | Iron: 3mg