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

by Jennifer on July 2, 2011

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my tasty updates.

Post image for <span id=Mandarin Orange & Roasted Red Pepper Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette" />

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.

Leave a Comment

{ 3 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post:

Savoring the Thyme