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Bowtie (farfalle) pasta, fruit and oranges:
delicious! Photo courtesy Kraft.
What if pasta salad were more sweet than savory? That’s how it is in this recipe, a perfect way to make summer last a little longer (summer ends this Saturday, September 21st).
Creamy lemon poppyseed dressing, mandarin oranges and fresh strawberries create this refreshing twist on pasta salad. Serve it as a first course, or as a main course for lunch with some added chicken strips.
Prep time 10 minutes, cooking and cooling time total time 1 hour. Makes four 1-cup servings.
RECIPE: STRAWBERRY-ORANGE PASTA SALAD
2 cups bowtie pasta (farfalle), uncooked
1/3 homemade or bottled poppyseed dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 green onions, sliced
3 fresh mandarins, peeled and sectioned, or 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1. COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Drain and cool.
2. MIX dressing and mayonnaise in medium bowl. Add pasta and onions; toss to coat. Gently stir in fruit.
3. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or longer. Serve with dressing (recipe below).
Save 50 calories and 6 g fat per serving by preparing with reduced fat mayonnaise.
Substitute balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Optional additions: almonds or walnuts; avocado; blue, goat or feta cheese.
Combine dressing, mayo, cooked pasta and onions in large bowl. Combine oranges and fruit in separate bowl.
Refrigerate up to 8 hours. Add fruit to pasta mixture up to 1 hour before serving. Keep refrigerated.
To prepare the salad more than 1 hour in advance:
RECIPE: LEMON-POPPYSEED SALAD DRESSING
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or use lime juice)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup salad oil
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Lemon poppy salad dressing. Photo © ButteryBooks.com.
1. WHISK together vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, honey, onion powder and salt.
2. DRIZZLE in oil, whisking constantly until combined. Whisk in poppy seeds.
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