This delicious Lemon Artichoke Pasta Salad is so fresh and delicious, super easy to make ahead of time, and tossed with a yummy lemon-basil vinaigrette. Perfect for spring!
Best group text to start a weekday morning: “Grill out tonight?”
Within minutes, most all of our Wednesday-night-hangout friends were on it. “?” said Beth. “Peter and I can bring some veggies for grilling!” said Cass. “I’ve got chicken breasts and veggie burgers!” said Rachel. “I’ve got tilapia and wine!” said Sarah. “Do we need more chicken? I have some I can bring!” said Michelle. “We’ll bring chips or something!” said Danielle. “I’ll bring an artichoke pasta salad” said Yours Truly.
And just like that, a delicious plan for the evening was hatched that I looked forward to all day long. Sure enough, it did not disappoint. By the time everyone rolled in after work, the weather was gloriously warm and sunny and un-mosquito-y. The kiddos instantly took to the grassy lawn, where they ran around and played for hours. The smell of the grill was intoxicating and made all of our food taste downright magical, especially after a long winter of food cooked inside. And best of all, we all just hung out together on the back deck for hours and hours, catching up on life together and chatting about everything under the sun until late past our bedtimes. Loved every minute of it.
Oh, and I also have to say — the night started on the most adorable note too. When I first walked in the door to Rachel’s house, her sweet little 4-year-old daughter looked up from her toys and exclaimed, “Ali! YOU get to marry BARCLAY!” I laughed and said, “Yes, yes I do! Really soon!” And she broke out into the sweetest smile, and with a twinkler in her eye, leaned in closer and said, “Are you just so excited?”
Heart = melted.
Yep. Sweet little kiddos who ask the best questions. Sunny spring nights firing back up the grill. Easy times with friends who know one another so well. An impromptu pasta salad that had everyone asking for the recipe. So simple. And so good.
Wednesday night for the win!
How To Make A Lemony Artichoke Salad | 1-Minute Video
This easy Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad is quick and easy to make ahead, tossed with a zippy lemon basil vinaigrette, and SO delicious!
Pasta Salad Ingredients:
1 pound uncooked pasta (I used gemelli)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound asparagus, chopped into bite-sized pieces (tough ends discarded)
4 cloves garlic, minced
fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1 (14 ounce) jar artichoke hearts, drained and halved
2/3 cup coarsely-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
Lemon Basil Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
Make the vinaigrette. Combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar, seal, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds or until emulsified.
Cook the pasta. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water until al dente. Transfer the pasta to a strainer, then rinse and drain it thoroughly with cold water until chilled.
Sauté the asparagus and garlic. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant.
Combine. In a large mixing bowl (or you can reuse the stockpot), combine the chilled pasta, vinaigrette, asparagus mixture, artichoke hearts, Parmesan and pine nuts. Toss until evenly combined.
Serve. Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorite summer recipes. I usually replace the asparagus with roasted eggplant and zucchini, which works incredibly well with the dressing and the parmesan. So good!
Hi! This sounds delicious! I’m glad it can be served cold because I plan to make it for a backyard party and it will be 90 degrees out this weekend. Have you tried with shrimp or other protein?
Have made this salad twice now. My wife and I love this salad and decided to make it again last nite for company. They had something come up and not able to come. Is it possible to freeze this for a week or so?
Just made this today and it was amazing! I added some chicken and had it as the main dish! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely make again
This is a family favorite. The dressing is delicious. Great flavor, love the crunch from the nuts. Also added grilled chicken from the night before, easy peasy delicious meal.