Mandarin Orange & Roasted Red Pepper Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

by Jennifer on July 2, 2011

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Happy 4th of July Weekend! Like many of you, we have been invited to a cookout and asked to bring a side dish. Since I have dragged myself in from playing ‘car crusher’ in our ‘pool’, I have gotten down to business. What am I making you ask?

I decided to bring two side dishes: A Pasta salad that I bought to the Beach Picnic in a Jar & the Wheat Berry Salad. Both are vegetarian and easy as pie to adapt to your tastes.

What, you don’t want a vegetarian side dish? Fine, be that way and toss some poultry in as well. oh, and you are missing cheese? I bet some feta would make you happy.

Mandarin Orange & Roasted Red Pepper Bowtie Pasta Salad
1 lb. box of mini bowtie pasta, cooked
2 small cans (11oz) of mandarin oranges, drained
2 whole roasted red peppers, sliced then chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small sweet onion, chopped
A big ole handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1/2-3/4 cup salted sunflowers seeds*

Directions:
1. Cook the pasta according to box directions, drain and set in a bowl of cold water to cool.

2. Prepare the oranges through parsely and mix all in a large bowl. Add the pasta and vinaigrette, toss well and serve.

Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
Juice from 1 lemon
1.5 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspon garlic powder
1.5 tablespoon light rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate if not using immediately.

*If not eating immediately, wait to add the sunflower seeds until ready to serve.

My son noticed that I still had a bottle of Steaz Tea sparking green tea that I was using as a styling tool so he headed in to ‘assist’.

Shoot over!

What are your favorite cookout side dishes?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cookin' Canuck July 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

You’re right – this is the perfect kind of salad to take to a potluck bbq. Love the flavors in this!

michelle@the domestic mama and the viillage cook July 4, 2011 at 8:41 am

Man oh man… I love love love your pictures….wow.
Hmmm, my fav side dish has to be mac n cheese. Homemade and baked, of course!

Christina Carabini July 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

So I know that putting salad dressing on pasta sounds a little weird but it actually makes for a great cream sauce substitute and it adds a ton of flavor with hardly any work. Once it s boiling add your 2 cups of bowtie pasta and let it cook for about 8-10 min.

Janet Wall September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Try this!!

Rachel September 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I had this pasta dish recently from Fresh Market! It’s delicious.

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