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Fruit and Pasta Salad (Serves 6-8)

This recipe is a gently reminder that pasta enhances fruit as well as vegetables.  It’s the perfect salad to take on a picnic or to the beach.

1 cup interesting pasta (i.e. shells or bowties)
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits or chunks, drained
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin orange segments, drained
1 cup halved seedless red or green grapes
1 large banana, sliced
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water.

2. In large bowl, combine cooked pasta, pineapple, orange segments, grapes, banana and coconut.

3. In small bowl, combine orange juice concentrate, honey, salt and ginger.

4. Pour dressing over pasta mixture; toss lightly

5. Refrigerate until chilled, before serving

 

Nutritional information per serving:
215 calories, 2 grams fat 3 grams protein, 48 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 58 milligrams sodium