Asparagus Goat Cheese Pasta Salad



Asparagus Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Recipe type: Entree
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins

Serves: 4
Gluten-Free and Vegetarian


  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts

  • 1 pound gluten-free penne pasta

  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into thirds

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, broken into pieces

  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest

  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ tsp. paprika

  • ½ tsp. sea salt

  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast macadamia nuts, stirring often, until golden, approximately 3 minutes.

  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to the package instructions, add asparagus during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain; return pasta and asparagus to pot. Toss with goat cheese, scallions, lemon zest, parsley, paprika, sea salt, pepper and toasted macadamia nuts.

  3. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  4. Serve chilled or at room temperature.