...dijon pasta salad with shrimp...

So, I have to admit something.  I didn't love this recipe.  Benjamin didn't really either.  I saw it in yet again the Cooking Light Enlightened Cook section, and not only that, it was under "budget meals" saying it's only $2.07 a serving.  Oh to be newlyweds.  All about the budget right now.  I looked at the recipe, saw I had everything in my pantry (which is really a couple shelves), and decided this would be a weeknight meal.  It wasn't bad at all.  In fact, I think if you like dijon and tang, you'd like this.  Also, I think it would be better cold.  Having it warm just didn't do it for me.

Here's the recipe.  I think you should make it if all of these things sound good to you.  What I really think sounds good (as I was chopping the onion and capers) would be to have a fresh bagel, smoked salmon, and cream cheese with those ingredients...

So, in an effort to tell you the good, and the not so good, and because I think cooking things like this makes us smarter about which recipes we chose to make, here you go.  Enjoy- if that's your thing.


  • 3  cups  uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
  • 1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  Dijon mustard
  • 1  teaspoon  minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 12  ounces  medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2  cups  chopped fresh spinach
  • 1  cup  canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4  cup  minced red onion
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped capers


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
2. Combine juice, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in salt and pepper.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp to pan; cook for 2 minutes or until done. Stir in spinach, cannellini beans, red onion, and 2 tablespoons capers; toss to combine. Add the pasta and juice mixture to shrimp mixture; toss.