4 servings

Some kids might prefer their noodles plain and buttered, with the salmon and asparagus on the side. For an alternate version of this seafood salad, you can substitute half a pound of frozen cooked shrimp, thawed, for the salmon.

How to Make It

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 15 minutes

Cook the pasta until al dente (about 8 minutes), rinse, and drain well. While the pasta is cooking, microwave or steam the asparagus for 3 minutes and broil the salmon.

Combine the cooked pasta, asparagus, salmon flakes, and green onions, if desired (reserve some for garnish), in a large serving bowl; toss to mix.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss. Add black pepper to taste and sprinkle with green onions and capers, if you like.

Chill the completed pasta salad in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve it, or eat it right away.

TIP: Serve orange or tomato slices to play up the flavors of this creamy, tangy salad.

How kids can help: Break asparagus spears into pieces; combine salad ingredients; measure and stir dressing ingredients; toss the salad.

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