Smoked salmon braai pasta salad

Smoked salmon braai pasta salad

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  • 1.1lb trofie or other short pasta
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 3/4 cup (180g) creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped, plus extra sprigs to serve
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup (50g) salted baby capers, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cups rocket leaves, roughly chopped
  • 0.5lbs smoked salmon, sliced into thin strips


  1. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions, adding asparagus for final 1-2 minutes.
  2. Drain, refresh, then cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the creme fraiche, olive oil, dill, garlic, lemon juice, half the zest and 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl, then season and set aside.
  4. When pasta is cool, toss with dressing, capers, rocket, remaining zest and smoked salmon.
  5. Serve with extra dill sprigs.

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