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RECIPE: Strawberry-Orange Pasta Salad With Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

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.



  • 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
  • Preparation

    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.
    To prepare the salad more than 1 hour in advance:

  • 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.



  • 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 ©


    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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