By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

This salad is best if it's made ahead of time and can chill well. If you aren't able to make it early, place the salad in the freezer and stir every 10 minutes.

Number of servings

Serves 2
  1. DASH diet
  2. Heart-healthy
  3. Weight management
  4. Low-fat
  5. Diabetes meal plan


  1. 2 cups uncooked farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  2. 4 fresh asparagus stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  3. 1/4 cup reduced-sodium or light vinaigrette salad dressing
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill
  5. 1/2 pound cooked shrimp
  6. 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. 4 scallions or green onions, diced
  8. 4 cups watercress or another type of salad greens


Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly and rinse under cold water.

In a small saucepan, cover the asparagus with water. Bring to a boil and cook only until tender-crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. In a small bowl, add the salad dressing and dill. Whisk to mix evenly.

In a large bowl, add the pasta, asparagus, shrimp, tomatoes and scallions. Add the salad dressing mixture and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 1 hour.

To serve, divide the watercress among the plates. Top with dilled salad and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 1 cup greens and 2 cups toppings

  • Total fat 1 g
  • Calories 329
  • Protein 35 g
  • Cholesterol 214 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 45 g
  • Dietary fiber 4 mg
  • Monounsaturated fat Trace
  • Saturated fat Trace
  • Trans fat Trace
  • Sodium 215 mg
  • Added sugars 4 g
April 07, 2016