Orange Mint and Asparagus Pasta Salad

The uniquely shaped campanelle is the pasta of choice for this side dish recipe. If you don't have it on hand, any medium-size pasta will do.

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  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Chill: 1 hr
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Orange Mint and Asparagus Pasta Salad
Ingredients
8
ounces dried campanelle or other medium-size pasta
1
pound fresh asparagus spears, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces
1/2
cup thinly sliced green onions (about 4)
1/3
cup chopped fresh mint
1/3
cup crumbled feta cheese
3
large navel, Cara Cara, and/or blood oranges
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
tablespoon white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. adding asparagus the last two minutes of cooking. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain; transfer pasta and asparagus to large serving bowl.
  2. Add green onions, mint, and feta cheese to pasta mixture. Using a serrated knife, remove peel and white pith from two of the oranges. Halve oranges lengthwise, then slice crosswise. Add to pasta mixture.
  3. For dressing, from the remaining orange finely shred 2 teaspoons peel. In a screw-top jar squeeze 2 tablespoons orange juice. Add orange peel, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Toss before serving. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Orange Mint and Asparagus Pasta Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 145 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 4 mg chol.,
  • 175 mg sodium,
  • 22 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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