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Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad

This vegan lemon & asparagus pasta salad is perfect for summer and asparagus season! Made with wholesome ingredients, it is oil-free, full of flavor and ready in 20 minutes.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Vegan
Diet Vegan
Keyword asparagus, lemon, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 437kcal


For the lemon parsley pesto

  • cup walnuts ~40g
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest) organic
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper

For the lemon asparagus pasta salad

  • 600 g asparagus green and white
  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas optional
  • 4 servings of your favorite pasta
  • 1 tsp chili flakes


  • Start by bringing two pots of water to a boil.
  • To one, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  • Cut the asparagus into bite-sized pieces and add to the second pot of water. Cook until tender. White asparagus takes longer to cook (~15 minutes) so you want to add that earlier than your green asparagus pieces (~5 minutes).

To make the lemon parsley pesto

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. If the pesto is too dry, you might want to add more water a tablespoon at a time until a smooth consistency is reached.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

To assemble the lemon asparagus pasta salad

  • Wash the tomatoes and cut into quarters.
  • To a mixing bowl, add the drained pasta, cooked asparagus, tomatoes, pesto and chili flakes.
  • Optionally, you can add cooked chickpeas to add more plant-based protein.
  • Serve warm or cold. This stored in the fridge in an airtight container for ~4 days.


If you are using white asparagus, make sure that it is peeled. At most places, you can get peeled asparagus but if not, simply use a carrot or potato peeler.
Whenever you are using lemon zest, make sure to get organic lemons. And don't skip the lemon zest in this recipes - it adds a really nice flavor to the pasta salad!