Asparagus Pasta Salad with Pistachios
8 ounces pasta
1/2 cup fresh steamed asparagus tips
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp chopped pistachio nuts, chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 ounce smoked salmon, chopped (optional)
Parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
Steam the asparagus over boiling water and cook until tender but still firm. Drain, cool and chop.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, asparagus, smoked salmon, lemon juice, pistachios, basil, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator, garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and serve at room temperature.