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This Spring Pasta Salad is packed with fresh, bright and healthy ingredients to create the perfect dish for your spring brunch, Mother’s Day or a warm weather get-together.  The stars of this pasta dish are the sweet mango, mandarins and strawberries paired with the fresh vegetables and lemon honey dressing.

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SPRING PASTA SALAD

Spring has sprung and I am celebrating with fresh, bright salads like this Spring Pasta Salad. Nothing screams spring like a bowl full of healthy ingredients, fresh vegetables, fruit and light lemony dressings.

I don’t know about you but I love pasta salads, and not just for picnics and summer get-togethers. With Mother’s Day coming up this would be the perfect dish to make for your celebration. There is no better way to celebrate the special women in your life than with a sweet, beautiful salad, a bottle of rose and a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Spring Pasta Salad with Rose Wine

I am teaming up with Whole Foods Market to bring you this Spring Pasta Salad and to also fill you in on their Whole Foods Market 365 stores We recently got a Whole Foods Market 365 store in Akron, Ohio and I absolutely love it.

Similar to Whole Foods Market their Whole Foods Market 365 Stores are supporting the same higher purpose to co-create a world where each of us, our communities, and our planet can flourish. All the while celebrating the sheer love and joy of food.

When you walk in their store it is so inviting and full of fresh, whole foods. I like my grocery shopping experience to be enjoyable and Whole Foods Market 365 makes it just that, enjoyable. They deliver on a promise to be a simpler grocery store experience with high quality products at an accessible price. They have changed a few things to help keep prices low, while maintaining the same quality standards and dedication to customer service as Whole Foods Market which is great.

Whole Foods Image of Produce

Another thing I love about Whole Foods Market 365 is that they are smaller stores that are more manageable. You can get in and out of the store quickly but still check everything off of your list. They have a great selection of organic produce, a wonderful salad bar, olive bar and hot bar. Oh, and if you love flowers they have a beautiful selection year round! The flowers are the perfect way to spruce up your table for Mother’s Day alongside your Spring Pasta Salad so make sure you pick up a bouquet.

You can still find their 365 Everyday Value Product line-focusing on quality through a more affordable price point. With a large family to feed I know I am always looking for high quality food but still keeping an eye on my budget.

These stores are the perfect place to do just that. They still maintain the same standards and quality of Whole Foods Market but with a more curated and simplified experience. Changing some operational and logistical things has allowed them to be able to sell at a lower price point.

Whole Foods Flowers

I love the 365 values: trusted quality, affordability and access, thoughtful simplicity and customer-centric. Here are a few things that set them apart from the rest of the stores out there:

  • Thousands and thousands of organic and non-GMO products
  • Unmatched selection of gluten-free, vegan and other special-diet foods
  • No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners in any of the food we sell
  • High-fructose corn syrup, added MSG and hydrogenated fats are not allowed in food
  • Only responsibly farmed or sustainably caught wild seafood in our seafood department
  • Prepared foods made fresh using only high-quality ingredients like those in our aisles
  • Meat department sources only from animals raised to animal welfare standards with no added hormones and no antibiotics, ever
Spring Pasta Salad Individual Bowl

There is a lot to love about that list, am I right?

As we approach Mother’s Day add this beautiful Spring Pasta Salad to your table. As with a lot of my recipes there are a variety of ways you can customize this salad:

  • Bulk up the salad with a protein, like grilled chicken or beans. I like white beans or chickpeas.
  • Throw a handful of feta or goat cheese on the salad. Nothing beats a little creamy cheese on a pasta salad.
  • Mix up the vegetables and fruit to your liking. There are a lot of options that work well in this salad from all types of berries, to melon, to zucchini.
  • You can also mix add a handful of nuts, like walnuts or almonds. If dried cranberries aren’t your thing leave them out of add raisins or dried cherries.
  • I also love adding an avocado to this salad. Make sure you don’t add it to the salad until you are ready to serve the salad as they tend to go bad pretty quickly
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Spring Pasta Salad

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

 

This Spring Pasta Salad is packed with fresh, bright and healthy ingredients to create the perfect dish for your spring brunch, Mother's Day or a warm weather get-together.  The stars of this pasta dish are the sweet mango, mandarins and strawberries paired with the spinach, bell peppers and carrots and tossed with sunflower seeds and a light lemon honey dressing. 

 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of Whole Foods Market 365 Organic Fusilli Pasta
  • 3 organic carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups organic strawberries, sliced
  • 1 mango, pit removed, diced
  • 2 mandarins, peeled and seperated
  • 1 small bunch of greens {I used spinach but use whatever you like}, washed, trimmed, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced {I used a mixture of red, yellow and orange}
  • 1/2 cup bulk sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup bulk dried cranberries
  • zest of half the lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

Lemon Honey Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced {about 1/4 cup}
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain, then rinse with cold water to cool.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, carrots, strawberries, mango, mandarins, greens, bell pepper, fresh mint, parsley, sunflower seeds and the dried cranberries and stir well to combine.

In a large mason jar or salad dressing container combine the olive oil, lemon and honey and shake or whisk until it is mixed together. Pour half of the dressing over the pasta salad and gently stir to combine. Add the parsley, mint and lemon zest stir again. Taste and adjust salt, pepper and more dressing if you like. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Notes

 I like to keep the other half of the dressing to add more to the salad when I am ready to serve it. The first part of the dressing gets soaked into the salad if you refrigerate it. 

Feel free to add additional ingredients. Some ideas: grilled meats, avocado, white beans, chickpeas, feta cheese, zucchini, cauliflower, other dried fruit or nuts of your choice and other fresh herbs. 


 
 
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