Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad Recipe

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Audrey Steeves Modified: March 23, 2022
Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad Recipe

How To Make Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Fresh flavors and healthy veggies make up this recipe for pasta salad. The dish is tossed with a sharp and tangy lemon-basil vinaigrette.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For Pasta Salad:

  • 1lbuncooked pasta,(16 ounces)
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1lbasparagus,(1 bunch), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4clovesgarlic,peeled and thinly-sliced
  • kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 14ozartichoke hearts,(1 jar), drained and roughly-chopped
  • cupfreshly-grated parmesan cheese,plus extra for serving
  • ½cuppine nuts,toasted

For Lemon Basil Vinaigrette:

  • ¼cupolive oil
  • 3tbsplemon juice,freshly-squeezed
  • 3tbspfresh basil leaves,finely-chopped
  • 2tbspred wine vinegar
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • ¼tspfreshly-cracked black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted water until it is al dente, according to package directions.  Drain pasta and rinse under cold water for about 20 to 30 seconds until no longer hot.  Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, as the pasta water is heating and the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.  Add chopped asparagus, season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper, and stir to combine.  

  3. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in sliced garlic, and continue sautéing the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant and the asparagus is tender but still slightly crisp on the inside.  Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, asparagus mixture, artichoke hearts, Parmesan and toasted pine nuts.  Drizzle evenly with the lemon basil vinaigrette, then toss to combine.

  5. Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan if desired.  Or cover and refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or measuring cup until combined.


  • Calories: 343.69kcal
  • Fat: 14.75g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.02g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.38g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.79g
  • Fiber: 4.87g
  • Sugar: 2.91g
  • Protein: 12.80g
  • Cholesterol: 6.74mg
  • Sodium: 380.09mg
  • Calcium: 160.88mg
  • Potassium: 403.15mg
  • Iron: 2.63mg
  • Vitamin A: 40.34µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.54mg
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