Low Sodium Low Potassium Asparagus Lemon Pasta Salad

This Low Sodium Low Potassium Asparagus Lemon Pasta Salad is packed with flavor and fresh vegetables. It is made with bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, celery, olive oil, whole-grain pasta, garlic, and dijon mustard.

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Low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad

This is a kidney friendly recipe

Potassium is a mineral that plays an important role in keeping your heart and muscles working properly. Consuming high amounts of potassium-rich foods during the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) can actually help you slow down the progression of this disease. In fact, most people do not consume enough potassium during the early stages of kidney disease, which causes a rapid decline in kidney health.

However, be careful if you have a moderate to advanced stage of CKD (stage 3, 4, or 5) and also have high potassium levels in your blood, or hyperkalemia. A high potassium level in the blood might lead to:

  • heart attack
  • irregular heartbeat
  • muscle weakness

This recipe contains 203 mg of potassium per serving, which is low. Most of the potassium in this recipe comes from asparagus. You can cut down the amount of asparagus in this recipe or take it out completely to lower the amount of potassium even further and make it safe for you to eat. You will still be able to eat a yummy-tasting salad that is nutrient-rich!

This recipe is plant-based, which means that the proteins in it are less stressful for your kidneys. Each serving of this recipe contains only 5 grams of protein, which is great if you are following a low-protein diet for CKD stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (non-dialysis).

Another advantage of this plant-based recipe is that its phosphorus absorption is limited to 10–30%. So of the 103 mg of phosphorus that this recipe has, only 10 to 31 mg are absorbed by the body. This is really good if you want to reduce your phosphorus intake or have hyperphosphatemia.

Further, one serving of this salad has 119 mg of sodium, which is low. Following a low sodium diet is recommended for kidney disease and heart failure, as extra sodium causes water retention, which puts more pressure on the heart as well as the kidneys.

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Low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad – great for chronic kidney disease (CKD)

This is a heart healthy recipe

Managing your heart’s health is important if you have kidney disease. To lower your risk of heart problems, watch how many calories you eat overall, eat a moderate amount of fat from food, and cut back on saturated fat and cholesterol.

Keep an eye on your sodium intake as well, as a high-sodium diet is the leading cause of hypertension, or high blood pressure. Hypertension is one of the main reasons why people get heart diseases like heart attacks and strokes.

This recipe is a great choice for managing your heart health. It is moderately low in calories (182 calories per serving), has about 8 grams of total fat, only 1 gram of saturated fat, and no cholesterol at all (0 mg). Additionally, this recipe only has 119 mg of sodium per serving, which is low. 

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Low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad – great for diabetes and heart health

This is a diabetes friendly recipe

Many people with CKD also have diabetes. If you have CKD and diabetes, then this recipe is a sure win for you. It contains 25 grams of carbohydrate per serving, which is moderately low. This means your blood sugar will not spike after eating this recipe.

What’s more, all the vegetables in this recipe make it high in fiber. Each serving of this recipe contains 4 grams of fiber. High-fiber foods slow down the digestion of sugar in the blood, keeping you full for longer periods of time and helping you avoid sugar crashes.

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Low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad – ingredients health benefit

Ingredients that make this recipe great

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Low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad – ingredients

Whole-grain pasta: Choose whole-grain pasta such as whole-wheat, buckwheat, or quinoa pasta. Whole grains are a great source of fiber, which helps to regulate blood glucose levels and keep your bowels regular. You can either use rotini, farfalle, or ziti pasta for this recipe.

Asparagus: Asparagus is high in folate and a good source of vitamin C. It also contains antioxidants that promote health and wellness. The mild flavor and crunchy bite make it a great addition to any salad. Make sure to pick fresh asparagus. Pick stalks that are of similar width and have tightly closed tips.

Lemon juice: Lemon adds a bit of tanginess to this recipe. Lemon is generally high in vitamin C and contains bioflavonoids, which are a type of antioxidant that helps prevent cancer.

Olive oil: Olive oil is a perfect choice if you want to lower your saturated fat intake and improve heart health. Sometimes referred to as the “king of oils,” it is a great addition to any meal, dressings, and dips.

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Low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad – ingredients health benefits

How to make this recipe

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain excess water from pasta and set aside to cool.
  • Trim and remove woody parts of asparagus. Steam it in a large saucepan for 5 minutes or until it has achieved desired tenderness. Remove asparagus from the saucepan and dip it in cold water to prevent further cooking.
  • To make the dressing, toss the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk them together.
  • Put the pasta in a large bowl. Add cooked asparagus, remaining vegetables and the dressing. Toss well so that the pasta is coated with the dressing. 
  • This pasta salad can be served cold. To do so, cover the salad with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving.

How to store this recipe

You can either serve this right away or store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

If you’re making this salad ahead of time, prepare the pasta and the vegetables according to the directions. Add the dressing to the salad and give it a toss right before serving.

Keep this pasta in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

low sodium low potassium asparagus lemon pasta salad

Low Sodium Low Potassium Asparagus Lemon Pasta Salad

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
This low sodium, low potassium pasta salad is kidney friendly, heart healthy and diabetes friendly. It is full of flavor and is made from lemon, asparagus, olive oil, bell pepper, onion and zucchini.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz whole-grain pasta
  • 8 oz asparagus, woody parts removed, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, very thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard, low sodium
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Do not add any salt to pasta while cooking. Drain excess water from pasta and set aside to cool.
  • Trim and remove woody parts of asparagus. Steam it in a large saucepan for 4-5 mintues or until it has achieved desired tenderness. Remove asparagus from saucepan and dip it in cold water to prevent futher cooking.
  • To make the dressing, add lemon juice, olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper to a jar. Whisk these ingredients to blend well.
  • Put pasta in a large bowl. Add cooked asparagus, remaining vegetables, and dressing to the bowl. Toss well so that pasta, and vegetables are coated with dressing.
  • This pasta salad can be served cold. To do so, cover the salad with cling wrap and refrigerate to 2-4 hours before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 119mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 4gPhosphorus: 103mg
Keyword Low potassium, Low protein, Low Sodium
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FAQs

Is asparagus good  for kidney disease?

Asparagus is an excellent option for those who have kidney disease. It is low in potassium, which is great because about 50% of people with moderate-to-advanced stages of CKD have hyperkalemia

There are 200 mg of potassium, 2 grams of protein, and only 52 mg of phosphorus in one cup of raw asparagus. This means it is also a great choice for a CKD patient who is following a low-protein and low-phosphorus diet.

Is cooked asparagus healthy?

Yes, cooked asparagus is very healthy and a great food to support your gut health. Inulin, a prebiotic found in asparagus, promotes healthy gut flora. Additionally, asparagus has mild laxative and diuretic properties as well.

How long should I cook asparagus for?

You can broil or steam asparagus for 3-5 minutes. However, avoid boiling as much as possible, as that will make it taste watery and mushy.

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