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Scrumptious Winter Pasta Salad | Pastabilities

Once you consider Winter and your checklist of favourite dishes, consolation meals together with heat, wealthy, and creamy sauces or roasted greens often come to thoughts.  However with just a few shock sunny days in a row, I used to be in want of a change.  This Winter Pasta Salad contains many seasonal winter elements, nevertheless it’s contemporary, vibrant, and crunchy, and the right perk-me-up for the winter blues!

Overhead shot of Winter Pasta Salad showing Peace Love & Happiness Pasta BagI made a decision to make use of our Peace, Love, and Happiness Pasta final week, desirous about the upcoming Valentine’s Day vacation. The evening I made this was the identical day the Capital chaos and riot occurred…Peace Pasta simply appears much more becoming. Praying for extra peace and love this 12 months. 😊

Two heart shaped bowls with Winter Pasta Salad

What I like about pasta salads is their simplicity.  If you happen to can chop, you can also make a pasta salad.  And the dressing couldn’t be simpler.  Throw all of the elements in a mason jar, screw on the highest, and shake!

Pink heart bowl with yellow striped napkin shot overhead

What are the primary Winter Pasta Salad elements?

  • Pasta
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Purple Pepper
  • Avocado
  • Apple
  • Pecans
  • Feta
  • Parsley

a trio of pasta bowls, two hearts and one circle arranged in a line

There are a variety of substitutions that may be made right here. Yellow or orange peppers, Granny Smith apples, Jazz or different crunchy apples, walnuts, or goat cheese.  And if you’re vegan or consuming a plant-based food plan, simply pass over the cheese.

Close up of white circle plate of Peace Pasta

Different Useful Ideas

  • Do Forward Pasta!  You may make the pasta forward or the day earlier than.  Simply drain, rinse, and toss with some olive oil.  Retailer in fridge till time to serve.
  • Do Forward Components! You possibly can chop, toast, or measure all elements forward of time too…simply depart the apple and avocado till the very finish, each will brown if not.
  • Purchase your Brussel sprouts already shredded or sliced.
  • The French dressing will be made just a few days forward.  Simply refrigerate and whisk or shake earlier than including to pasta.
  • With pasta salad leftovers, add the additional ¼ cup of dressing and toss gently.  Our pasta is porous and should take in the dressing over evening and can want some assist to moisten the salad.

Single overhead shot of white plate with pasta and fork

It’s at all times the combo of candy, savory, crunchy, and creamy elements that makes a terrific pasta salad, and this recipe strikes the right stability.

Because it’s nonetheless chilly outdoors, I’d contemplate serving this Winter Pasta Salad as a facet dish, such as you’d serve a inexperienced salad.  Think about alongside a scorching bowl of chili or soup, or serving with pork tenderloin and a few roasted or mashed potatoes.

Close up of Peace Pasta with Peace Pasta Bag in background

If you happen to make this recipe and revel in it, then contemplate a few of our different favorites: Caribbean Pasta Salad, It’s Pasta Slaw Y’all, or Caprese Pasta Salad…or any recipe underneath our Pasta Salad itemizing!

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14 oz bag of Pasta (I used Peace Love & Happiness however any quick form can be utilized)

1 massive apple, diced

2 avocados, diced (tossed with 2 T lemon juice)

1 crimson pepper, diced

½ cup Brussels sprouts, shredded or sliced

¼ crimson onion, diced

½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped

½ cup dried cranberries

½ feta cheese, crumbled

¼ cup contemporary parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish


½ cup olive oil

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2 T. maple syrup

1 T. Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t. kosher salt

½ t. black pepper


Cook dinner pasta in keeping with package deal instructions.  Drain and rinse, and toss with a pair tablespoons of olive oil.  Place in massive bowl.

In a small bowl or jar, add all dressing elements.  Whisk or cowl jar and shake till mixed. Put aside.

Cube avocado and toss with 2 T. lemon juice.  Add to bowl with pasta.

Add all different elements to bowl.  Pour dressing over elements reserving about ¼ cup dressing. (You’ll use to refresh any salad leftovers)

Toss gently to mix, high with contemporary parsley and serve!


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