Pasta Salad Recipe

Penne Pasta, Wild Salmon, Fresh Asparagus

Real Restaurant Pasta Recipe

This Pasta Salad Recipe calls for Penne' pasta for eye appeal and two very nutritious ingredients: smoked wild salmon and fresh asparagus!

This restaurant salad recipe is characteristic of the quality of all the recipes on the website. All are restaurant customer approved. They work!

Penne’ Pasta Salad

Smoked Wild Salmon and Asparagus

Real Restaurant Pasta Salad Recipe

Preparation time: 45 minutes, but this pasta-salmon salad should be chilled for at least one hour before serving.  This recipe serves 6-8 people depending on portion desired.


  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Penne’ pasta
  • Chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes (to taste) (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into one inch pieces (or green beans or snap peas)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces wild smoked salmon


  • Whisk first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper
  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling, salted water until pasta is almost tender but still firm to bite (al dente’- follow package directions)
  • Drain, but reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid
  • Rinse pasta with cold water until cool and drain well in colander
  • While pasta is cooking, cook asparagus in a small amount of water in a skillet (or better yet, steam it) for about 1 minute in a steamer pan or basket
  • Drain asparagus and transfer to large bowl with the pasta
  • Add green onions and smoked salmon
  • Mix the reserved cooking liquid into the dressing
  • Add to salad and toss to blend
  • Season with salt and pepper and transfer to serving bowl and

Chill at least one hour and up to six hours for best flavor results


Thanks for "finding me!" Enjoy your pasta and salmon salad recipe and the company of those you share it with!