Low-fat Penne and Smoked Salmon Salad

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Mar. 22, 2012

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Here Chef Jim Coleman makes a delicious and simple smoked salmon pasta salad with a mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar dressing. Don't forget the twist of lemon juice and delicious herbs for extra flavor! Watch this video for a list of full ingredients and to see how Chef Coleman prepares this flavorful dish!


Penne rigate 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Reduced fat mayonnaise
Balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Dijon mustard 1 1/2 Tablespoon
Fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
Chopped fresh tarragon/1 tablespoon fresh shaved off dill 1 Tablespoon
Crushed red pepper flakes 2 Pinch
Shallot 1 Medium , finely chopped
Asparagus 1 Pound , ends trimmed, blanched, cut into 1 inch pieces
Smoked salmon 1/2 Pound , cut into 0.50 inch pieces (Cold)
Kosher salt To Taste
Ground black pepper To Taste
Chopped chives 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)



1) Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

2) Rinse with cold water; drain again.

3) Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes (if using) and tarragon or dill (I prefer dill - due to the fact of tarragons licorice flavor).

4) Add chopped shallot.

5) In large bowl, toss together asparagus, salmon and pasta.

6) Add dressing; toss gently to coat.

7) Season with salt and pepper, as desired.


8) Sprinkle with chopped chives and serve the dish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 2385Calories from Fat 435

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 48 g73.8%

Saturated Fat 6 g30%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 2919 mg121.63%

Total Carbohydrates 390 g130%

Dietary Fiber 46 g184%

Sugars 29 g

Protein 118 g236%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet