Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad

This lemony salmon asparagus pasta salad recipe is full of the best fresh springtime flavors, it’s quick and easy to make, and can be served warm or as a cold pasta salad.

Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad Recipe

Yes, salmon! ♡

I thought it would be fun to mix things up with the usual pasta salads that I tend to make this time of year.  So for something different, I flaked up a filet of smoked salmon and tossed it with some chopped asparagus, herbs, pine nuts, Parmesan and a quick lemony dressing.  And you guys — this simple orzo salad was such a winner!

The smokiness of the salmon was downright irresistible paired with the rest of those bright, herby, and citrusy flavors.  And with a bit of light multitasking, I was doubly pleased to find that the whole dish came together in just 30 minutes or so.  It’s the perfect make-ahead dish for easy weekday lunches or weekend dinners on the patio this time of year.  And after testing this recipe a few times here at our house, we can vouch that it tastes even better the next day too. ♡

Feel free to use whatever type of salmon here that you prefer — hot-smoked, cold-smoked, baked or sautéed.  And if you’re not a big fan of dill, this recipe is incredibly flexible and would work well with fresh basil, parsley, or chives too.  Alright, let’s make some pasta salad!

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