Minted Pasta and Fruit Salad

Menu Part: 
Salad
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
6

A delicious combination of fruit makes this pasta salad distinctive. Feta cheese and mint add great flavor and the zesty vinaigrette ties it all together.

Ingredients

8 oz. rotini, bowties, or small shells, uncooked
4 pears, seeded, cored, and diced
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 cups seedless red grapes, cut in half
2 navel oranges, peeled, sliced, and quartered
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
3 tbsp. orange juice
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

Steps

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Cool.

2. In medium bowl, mix pears with lemon juice. Add grapes, oranges, cheese, lettuce, herbs, and pasta.

3. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, orange juice, oil, and pepper, and add to
pasta mixture.

4. To serve, divide lettuce between salad bowls and spoon pasta mixture on top. Toss lightly.

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