My friend let me borrow one of her cookbooks (The Gathering of Friends–a beautiful cookbook!!) the other day and there was a recipe for an Asparagus Chicken Pasta Salad. I loved the concept of the asparagus, chicken and caramelized pecans. I took this recipe and changed several aspects of it and came up with this incredibly light, crunchy, sweet and savory salad. Since I took this picture, I have added the addition of red bell peppers (see other picture below). I wouldn’t eat the salad without it. It adds another beautiful color to this salad, as well as a sweet crispy taste and texture. The Sesame Orange Dressing has a surprisingly fresh and flavorful taste, and is the perfect accompaniment to this light pasta. I picture this salad perfect for a hot summer’s day or a delicious side dish to any barbecue. Happy Spring!