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Justin Chapple set out to improve pasta salad, which is often bland, thick and laden with mayonnaise. Here, he dresses pasta with a tangy and creamy mix of buttermilk, vinegar and mayo, then mixes in plenty of greens to add a fresh, bright flavor. It’s the best pasta salad ever. Slideshow: More Pasta Salad Recipes 

Justin Chapple
Justin Chapple
June 2017


Credit: © Con Poulos

Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Set up an ice bath. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the asparagus and peas until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer the vegetables to the ice bath to cool completely; drain well.

  • Fill the saucepan with water and return to a boil; season generously with salt. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the mayonnaise, vinegar and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Toss half of the dressing with the warm pasta; let cool for 30 minutes. Stir in the asparagus, peas and remaining dressing. Season with salt and pepper, then fold in the arugula and serve. 

Make Ahead

The pasta salad can be refrigerated for a few hours. Fold in the arugula before serving.