I make and eat a huge amount of pasta salad. I've tried lots of different combinations and I am really a fan of creamier sauces than just a simple dressing but this was actually quite refreshing and it definitely felt healthy with all the greens in it! I also used the last of my coloured pasta which made for a funky looking salad too!
Broccoli, Asparagus and Greens Pasta Salad with Smoked Sausage
(inspired by Good Food Channel)
300g penne pasta
150g broccoli florets
150g spears of asparagus, cut into 3cm pieces
150g spring greens sliced
100g smoked sausage, chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped
For the dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes. Drain and leave to cool.
Steam the broccoli, asparagus and greens for 4-5 minutes until tender. Leave to cool. Mix all the vegetables with the pasta, sausage and herbs in a large salad bowl.
For the dressing: put all the ingredients in a jar and shake with the lid on. Stir through the salad then season.