Ditalini Pasta Salad with Watermelon, Feta, and Asparagus

2016-06-14
  • Servings : 24
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Watermelon and asparagus together? What could be more summery? Serve this beautiful pasta salad cold or at room temperature. If watermelon is a tough sell, substitute diced fresh tomatoes—another summer fruit.

Instructions

Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for 1 minute less than the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard,, and honey. Slowly whisk in the oil to make a dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Fold in the cooled pasta, watermelon, asparagus, and mint. Stir in half of the cheese. Cover and refrigerate until service or serve right away.

Step 4

Plate 2 1/2 cup portions and top each with another 2 Tbsp feta.

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Barilla Ditalini
  • 1/2 c sherry vinegar
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 c small-dice watermelon
  • 4 lb asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 c crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 c hand-torn fresh mint

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 25
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 813
Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g
62%
Saturated Fat 12g
60%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
17%
Sodium 660mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate 97g
32%
Dietary Fiber 14g
56%
Sugars 16g
Protein 24g
48%

Vitamin A 28%
Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 30%
Iron 27%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.