Salmon, Asparagus, Avocado Pasta Salad; visitors

I think this will be the last asparagus post this season.

I thought we were done as our local market didn’t have any on Monday. We went to a different market on Thursday and they still had some.

We may find another market and more asparagus… Or we may just, retrospectively, appreciate a very good season.

The tomatoes are starting already – not in my potager, but in the markets.

Our area is a very large tomato producer. There are ‘poly-tunnels’ (plastic covered rows) everywhere.

As they are all locally grown, shipping is minimal and the tomatoes are quite good. Not as good as mine, of course, but still….

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Salmon, Asparagus, Avocado Pasta Salad

This is a warm / room temp pasta main course, lightly dress with lemon and olive oil.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grilling


  • 1 1/4 cups (4oz, 1220gr) pasta, bite-size
  • 10oz (300gr) salmon filets
  • 12oz (360gr) asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2″ (4cm) lengths
  • 3oz (90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 3 green garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
  • 1 tbs fresh, snipped basil
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 4 tsp cooking olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain.
  • Combine 2 tsp olive oil and 1 tbs lemon juice. Brush on salmon.
  • Cook salmon on barbecue grill for 10 – 12 minutes, until done. It should turn opaque and flake easily.
  • Remove and break into large chunks.
  • Heat remaining 2 tsp olive oil in large skillet.
  • Add soy sauce, green garlic, asparagus, and sti-fry until asparagus is crisp-tender, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
  • To finish:
  • Put pasta in large bowl.
  • Whisk 1 tbs lemon juice and 2 tbs salad olive oil.
  • Add to pasta, along with herbs and stir well.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir gently.
  • Serve


Green garlic is immature garlic and looks like a green onion. Substitute 3 green onions and 1 clove garlic.
Salmon can be roasted in the oven 400F (200C) for 12 – 15 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 788
  • Sugar: 7.2 g
  • Sodium: 223 mg
  • Fat: 44.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.9 g
  • Fiber: 10.9 g
  • Protein: 42 g
  • Cholesterol: 77.9 mg

Keywords: pasta salad, grilled salmon, asparagus, avocado

Salmon, Asparagus, Avocado Pasta

The lemon juice and olive oil will emulsify and get quite thick, coating the salad nicely.

We’ve had a rather strange spring here in the middle of nowhere.

It’s been busy with a lot of visitors – non-human visitors.

It started with the mice.

They were getting very bold but they were so cute we didn’t want to poison them. We bought a live trap and relocated about 8. Mon mari didn’t take them far enough away the first few times so some may have been caught twice.

Then there were rats.

The first rat I saw was also cute. He looked like the pet rats one sees in shops. We bought a live rat trap. He wasn’t big enough. I have no idea what happened and if it was the same rat, but a week later I spotted another rat. This one was big and ugly and looked like an escapee from a horror movie. Mon mari dealt with the rat problem and I didn’t ask questions.

Then we had birds, swallows I think, take over our barn.

Somewhere up there is a nest. The parent birds scolded us very loudly every time we into the barn.

They were starting to scold us when we were outside near the barn.

Today – nothing. They have either moved or the babies have left the nest. We’ll never know.

We also will never know why a snake decided to take up residence in one of our windows.

We always have lizards in the windows, and they often fall in (on my head) when we open them (the windows). Our windows are vertical pairs and open in.

Anyway, mon mari opened the windows in the living room and found a snake. It was small, barely a foot long but it didn’t look like a viper (poisonous) so we decided it must be a baby grass snake. Our grass snakes get to be 3 or 4 ft long…. They’re big but harmless.

The first time he found it he managed to encourage it to fall outside of the window.

This morning it fell inside. We captured it and took it back outside.

I really don’t want a snake falling on my head.

On the positive side we haven’t had any bats in the house…. yet.

Life in the country.

4 thoughts on “Salmon, Asparagus, Avocado Pasta Salad; visitors”

  1. Yes best ask no questions when the subject is rats…just hope its gone for good to greener pastures !

  2. I get snakes here. Blue Racers, Garden snakes, Hogs Head. Those are pretty cool. They flatten their head and hiss at you though they’re harmless. But they all serve to keep the bad bug population down. We still get the occasional Michigan Rattler though I’ve only seen one since we moved here. They tend to stay more around the lakes and I think we’re far enough away they don’t wander this far. No rats, lots of mice, if you recall.

    No more bats. I haven’t seen any since they took the trees down to finish the road the year after we moved in. I put a bat house up hoping to encourage them, but they never came back 🙁 I love watching them in the evening.

    We have a lot of swallows. They follow hubs around when he’s mowing the acreage and dive bomb the mower eating all the bugs that get disturbed. It’s like a fine ballet because they come so close to him, but they’re only after the bugs. Now, there’s a pair that has made a nest in the eave that overhangs the garage next door while the neighbors were gone for four days over the weekend. This should be interesting as it’s the first time we’ve had one we can actually see.

    We are still eating asparagus. It’s supposed to be 90 today so after some appointments, I think I’ll pickle some of it. I’ll have to wait to make this salad. Avocados are $5 each here right now. Do the tomatoes grown in the tomato tunnels taste like greenhouse tomatoes? Just curious.

    • I grew up in an area with a lot of timber rattlers. We weren’t allowed up in the hills / bluffs in summer because of them. The old guys in town hunted them for bounty. If they caught them alive they sold them to Mayo Clinic for the venom. I’m used to snakes lol
      Apparently, the swallow babies were learning to fly when they were so vocal. I saw a baby on the fencepost one day and the next day they were all gone and the barn was silent again.
      The tomatoes in the tunnels that WE get taste like garden tomatoes – they can be picked ripe as there is no shipping to speak of. No idea what the ones they ship across France would be like lol
      The ones for sale in the winter are typical supermarket, hard tomatoes.

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