Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing

A springtime pasta perfect for a picnic, a buffet, or for a potluck.

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Serves 6
Serving Size: 6

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Now that I’ve made a big batch of the Ramp Chimichurri Sauce, I can’t stop thinking about ways to use it. It’s a little obsessive to tell the truth, and I’m not sure how much longer my family will humor me, but for now they are indulging this little springtime addition.

There’s a long list of other possibilities for using the sauce here.  And the list is gowing.

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

This is awfully pretty.  It would be nice on a picnic, a buffet, or for a potluck.  You can use any cooked salmon you like, from grilled to roasted to pan seared to poached.

To quickly poach salmon for this recipe, place 1 pound of salmon in a pot, add cold water to cover plus 1 teaspoon of salt, cover the pot, and bring to boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and leave it in the covered pot for 10 minutes. Remove from the liquid and cool completely. Use your fingers to flake it into small chunks.

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

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Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing is so pretty, and light and satisfying at the same time. It's the perfect springtime dish for a picnic, a buffet, or for a potluck.

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing

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  • 1 pound cavatelli or macaroni pasta, cooked drained and cooled
  • 4 cups cooked salmon chunks (see recipe intro)
  • ¾ cup Ramp Chimichurri Sauce
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. If the pasta is sticking together at all, rinse it under cool water until it separates, then give it a shake to remove any excess water.

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing is so pretty, and light and satisfying at the same time. It's the perfect springtime dish for a picnic, a buffet, or for a potluck.

2. Toss the pasta in a large bowl with the chimichurri sauce and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and season as needed. You can also add another tablespoon or two of olive oil if it needs additional moistening. Serve immediately or keep covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Pasta and Salmon Salad with Ramp Dressing is so pretty, and light and satisfying at the same time. It's the perfect springtime dish for a picnic, a buffet, or for a potluck.

Note:

For a quick, simple poached salmon do this: Put 1 ½ pound of salmon filet (with skin) in a pot (you can cut the salmon into two or more pieces so it will fit in a single layer), add cold water to cover plus 2 teaspoons of salt, cover the pot and bring to boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, turn off the heat leave it in the covered pot for 10 minutes. Remove from the liquid and cool completely in the refrigerator. This should make about 4 cup of salmon when it is separated into bite-sized chunks with a fork or your fingers.

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