Sunday, July 07, 2013

Ama B's Penne Salad with Asparagus, Smoked Salmon

If you love smoked salmon, you'll love this salad.

Makes 4 servings

6 tbl mayonaise
1 1/2 tbl dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbl sour cream
1 tbl chopped fresh tarragon (you could substitute fresh dill or cilantro)
1 tbl fresh lemon juice
1 tbl poppy seeds (omit if you don't have them)

2 cups penne pasta, cooked al dente
1 1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
4 oz. smoked salmon, cut into 1/2" pieces

Cook asparagus until crisp-tender, drain, and reserve about 1/4 cup cooking liquid.  Rinse with ice water and drain well.  Mix pasta, asparagus, scallions, and salmon together.  Add cooking liquid to dressing and add to salad, tossing to blend. Season with salt and pepper, and chill at least 1 hour.

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