A collection of Rod's favorite recipes

Asparagus, Snap Pea and Avocado SaladThis is one of my absolute favorite recipes! Thank you,  Allison Stockman!

Prep –> 20 min.  Total time –> 30 min.  Servings: 4


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 1 pound bow-tie pasta (farfalle)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, parsley, or basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or pecorino cheese, plus more for serving, if desired


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook asparagus until bright green, about 2 minutes. Add snap peas; cook 30 seconds. With a slotted spoon or a small sieve, scoop out vegetables; transfer to a bowl.

Return water to a boil; add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and set pasta aside in colander.

In pasta pot,add tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus, snap peas, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, cooked pasta, avocado, herbs and cheese. Toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with additional cheese, if desired.

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/343635/asparagus-snap-pea-and-avocado-pasta

Note: I cleaned the produce in acid water (2.5 pH) then soaked it for 20 minutes in alkaline water (11.5 pH) which seemed to really perk up the veggies in addition to removing all pesticides and microbes. Highly recommended!


Comments on: "Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta" (2)

  1. This looks amazing! Sadly, I’m allergic to avocado — do you have any substitutes you can recommend?

    • rodweston said:

      I am so sorry! Being allergic to dairy, I understand how painful it is to be allergic to something so wonderful.
      Sadly, I have no idea what could be used as a replacement. It provides a great deal of nutritional value as well as delightful taste and texture. Perhaps someone else out there can think of a good substitute?

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