Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Pasta Salad with Lemon Avocado Dressing

Perfectly cooked pasta is tossed with delicious vegetables and a creamy lemon avocado dressing.

Spring Pasta Salad- Pasta Palooza

Welcome to Pasta Palooza!!! This month a few of my blogging BFFs and I decided to each post a pasta dish on the same day, for our April Pasta Palooza. Usually we post on different days, but this month we decided to try something different and post all our recipes on the same day.

For my recipe I wanted to make something lighter, to prepare us for the beautiful weather coming our way (sooner than later I hope!). While I LOVE hearty, cheesy, comforting pasta dishes, I wanted to urge to warm weather to hurry up and stay a while with a nice light pasta salad. 

At first I thought of using radishes and asparagus in my salad, to make it more Spring like, but decided on veggies we all eat and enjoy, so everyone could dig in. I wasn't too sure how the dressing would turn out, but let me tell you, it is so light and velvety. Tossed with the pasta and veggies, it brings a smooth pop of fresh flavour to the salad.

Spring Pasta Salad- Pasta Palooza

Spring Pasta Salad with Lemon Avocado Dressing

600g (2/3 of a bag) of Scoobi Doo pasta
1 C cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/2 C red pepper, thinly sliced into strips
1/2 C grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 green onions, chopped

1 avocado
1/4 C mayonnaise
1/4 C heavy cream
juice and zest of 1 lemon
salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbs olive oil

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Once at a rolling boil, add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water and let cool in the fridge for 1 hr. 

Using a blender, make the dressing by combining the flesh of one avocado, mayonnaise, heavy cream, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper. Blend on low speed, slowly drizzling in the olive oil; until mixture is silky smooth.

Combine the cooled pasta with the cucumber, red pepper, tomato and green onion. Pour dressing over all and toss to coat; adjusting seasoning if needed. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving, to let flavours blend together.

6 Awesome Pasta Recipes for Pasta Palooza

To see what the other ladies made for today's Pasta Palooza post, follow the links below!


Lorinda-The Rowdy Baker said...

What a refreshing salad! I think I'd have to take your idea and add asparagus too...because YUM!

minnie@thelady8home said...

Super like the pasta. Looks so healthy, yummy and refreshing.

Catherine said...

Dear Cindy, what a creamy and delicious dish. I love the avocado mixed into there...sounds so good! xo, Catherine

Patty Anderson said...

What a beautiful spring pasta salad with a lovely dressing!

Carole said...

Hi Cindy - love your dressing. I do hope you'll come over to Food on Friday: Lemons & Limes to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

plasterers bristol said...

this recipe is delicious, thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for new recipes to try :-)