Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Tarragon Shrimp

Hodgson Mill recently invited a group of bloggers to test some of their whole wheat pasta line in a summer salad challenge.  I received a variety of pastas and I went with the classic spirals to make this salad, which is delicious served either warm or cold.  They have also graciously agreed to do a giveaway for my readers; details on that following the recipe.  If you haven’t given whole wheat pasta a try in a while, you should–it has a great texture and a slightly nutty flavor that you will enjoy.


I used the fresh tarragon from our herb bed, which, despite being labeled French tarragon when I purchased the plant, is most likely the Russian variety (the plant routinely exceeds four feet in height–that was my first clue).  If you don’t have fresh tarragon growing nearby (or if you don’t enjoy its mild anise flavor), you can make this dish with basil, or with a tarragon-parsley mix to blunt the anise flavor.

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Tarragon Shrimp
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
An easy, light, main dish salad.
  • 1 pound Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pasta Spirals
  • 3 cups fresh tarragon leaves, woody stems removed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound medium, cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook. When the pasta is al dente, drain it well and return it to the pot to mix with the pesto.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the pesto. In a food processor, pulse the tarragon, olive oil, toasted walnuts, garlic, and salt, until you have a slightly coarse sauce. Toss the pesto with the hot, drained pasta, the cooked shrimp, and the cherry tomatoes. Taste and adjust the salt, if needed.
  3. Serve immediately for a warm salad, or chill for two hours before serving.

Giveaway has ended!

I hope you like the new printable recipe function!  Now, on to that giveaway–Hodgson Mill is going to give one of my readers a deluxe assortment of their whole-grain products, valued at $25.  If you want to enter to win the giveaway, just follow these directions:

1. Leave a comment after this post, discussing either a) what dinosaur you would be, were it scientifically possible to be reanimated in dinosaur form, and/or b) your favorite kind of pasta.  Or, you know, whatever you would like to say in the comment section.  Just keep it clean, please.

2. For a bonus entry, leave a second comment telling me what kind of produce recipes you would like to see on Seasonal and Savory during the upcoming summer months.  This one is not flexible in content, but it is fine if you work in a dinosaur reference.

3. Giveaway is open only to U.S. mailing addresses, and the giveaway will close at 6 p.m., MST, on Wednesday, June 27th.  I will select the winner using random.org, and contact the person selected via the email provided in the comment form.  If I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.

Hodgson Mill has also created a Pinterest board of all of the blogger recipes–if you are on Pinterest, please follow Hodgson Mill, and  I would love a re-pin!  You can also find Hodgson Mill on Facebook.

Disclosure: Hodgson Mill provided an assortment of products for recipe testing, and is providing this reader giveaway opportunity.  All opinions are my own, and genuine.

Thanks for reading,


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38 Responses to Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Tarragon Shrimp

  1. Matt June 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    am i still eligible if i won from you before? 😉


    • Angela June 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      You betcha. Just name that dinosaur.

  2. Lisa Huff June 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    YOu crack me up! Not sure about the dinosaur but probably not a Bird or Rodent type one. My fave pasta is ziti!

  3. Lisa Huff June 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I hear dinosaurs like summer salad recipes with lots of fresh veggies!

  4. Karen Harris June 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh, this one is easy. I’d like to be a Stegosaurus because I’ve always wanted to wear plates on my back. By the way, I’d like to say once again how much I love your new site. This recipe looks delicious.

    • Angela June 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      See, I like it when people have a ready answer to this type of question. It speaks to your character.

  5. Denise Heikinen June 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    My problem is that I’m not good at remembering the names of dinosaurs, nor do I do well with names of various pastas! I’m with brontosaurus because it’s one of the few I know. I like how shells looks so I’ll pick that one as my pasta. If I win maybe you could tell the Hobson Mill people to throw in a nice wall chart of pastas.

    • Angela June 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      Denise, I will see if they can do that–I could also use a nice wall chart of pastas.

  6. Angela S June 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Haha…this is easy because I watch Dinosaur train with my little ones! I would be a troodon!

    • Angela June 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      I need to study up on my dinos–that’s a new one on me!

  7. Kim June 11, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I’d like to be a bronciosorus (not sure on the spelling) so I could have a bird’s eye view of everything around me.

    I’ve used Hodgson Mill products for years. We love the simple little elbow macaroni; great for pasta salads and mac and cheese.

  8. Kim June 11, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    I would love to see a recipe for fresh peas, something a bit different.

  9. Jersey Girl Cooks June 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I love serving something like this at a summer bbq. It looks pretty too!

  10. Shumaila June 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I am bad with my dinosaurs! But I love my pasta- penne a la vodka topping it!

  11. Doug June 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    I always favored the T-Rex, mainly because Marc Bolan named a band after them, and one of my favorite 70’s songs was “Bang a Gong.” I suspect a T-Rex bangs whatever it wants.

  12. Doug June 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    As for summer S and S recipes, I’d love to have more things to do with Swiss Chard. We love it but have about 3 recipes; surely, there are multiple other possibilities.

  13. Amy June 12, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Favorite type of pasta is orecchiette…they are just too cute!

  14. Betsy June 12, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I would definitely be a flying dinosaur, because a) flying! and b) better chance of my genes making it through the meteor strike.

  15. Betsy June 12, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Also, I’d love some quick, easy, and portable wheat-free recipes!

  16. Orly June 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I would be a Pteranodon, although technically they weren’t dinosaurs. But they’re really close and really cool huge flying reptiles. There’s one in the CU museum.

  17. Orly June 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    And I agree with the person who wants more chard recipes. I love it, and we get tons from the CSA.

    • Angela June 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Working on a chard recipe today–if it pans out, I will post this weekend.

  18. Donna June 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    I’d be whatever dinosaur Dino was on the Flintstones.

  19. claire June 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    I love angel hair pasta. Yum Yum

  20. Denise Heikinen June 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Won’t we all go to hell for saying the word dinosaur?

  21. Carolsue June 22, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    I’d like to come back as a a duck-billed ornithopod (Parasaurolophus cyrtocristatus) cause it sounds cool!

  22. Carolsue June 22, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    I’d like to see more recipes for beets, mushrooms and asparagus — my three faves

    • Angela June 22, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      Carolsue, will definitely have beets and mushroom recipes coming up!

  23. Cathy W June 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Does Dino count? Because he was really lovable. And purple. I am a big fan of whole wheat pasta and your salad looks divine!

  24. Cathy W June 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I would also love to see beets and asparagus, although I love most veggies. 🙂

  25. Laurie June 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I would be a T-rex, but with long arms…..must stink to have an itch on your back! And I love fusilli

  26. Laurie June 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I would like you to find endless ways to use fresh herbs, other than feeding them to dinosaurs please….thank you!

  27. Rebel June 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    My father loved this dish. I made it as an early father’s day. I would be a raptor (love the coloring of “Blue” on Jurrasic World. No one messes with that little hellion. I also love elbow macaroni, bowtie, and linguenie (please forgive me if I spelled incorrectly).

    • Angela June 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

      So glad he liked it!!


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