Winter Fruit Pasta Salad

Pastabilities? Try apples, pears, cranberries and a tangy orange dressing.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 8

1
cup uncooked small pasta shells (4 ounces)
1
medium apple, chopped (1 1/4 cups)
1
medium pear, chopped (1 1/4 cups)
4
medium green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)
1/4
cup chopped pecans
1/4
cup dried cranberries
1/3
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
3
tablespoons orange marmalade
1/2
teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1/4
teaspoon salt

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 In large glass or plastic bowl, mix pasta, apple, pear, onions, pecans and cranberries. Mix all remaining ingredients; stir into pasta mixture.
  • 3 Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes until chilled.

Expert Tips

Dried cherries, dried blueberries or raisins can be used instead of the dried cranberries.

Crisp red eating apples, such as Gala, Cortland, Delicious and Braeburn, are the best choices for this recipe.

Consider the pasta possibilities! Instead of pasta shells, use fun holiday pasta shapes such as trees, stars, bells or ornaments.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.