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Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad

Creamy Avocados from Mexico, sweet strawberries and whole grain pasta tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette make for one delicious and nutritious side dish. In fact, we think this Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad may just be the perfect warm-weather salad!

 

Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad

 

Strawberry and Avocado Pasta Salad

Recipe adapted from Joyful Healthy Eats

 

Salad:

  • 12 oz. whole grain elbow noodle pasta (gluten free pasta for gluten free), uncooked
  • 1 cup fresh arugula
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 3 strips of al fresco® fully cooked chicken bacon, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp.  garlic powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crumbled feta cheese, optional

 

Balsamic Dressing:

 

  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. honey
  • 1 ½ tsp. dry basil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

 

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook. When pasta is al dente, drain pasta and rinse with cold water to cool. If making pasta ahead of time, toss with olive oil to help prevent from sticking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, dry basil, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until mixture is combined and the oil and vinegar no longer separate. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add pasta, arugula, strawberries, bacon and garlic powder. Using a spoon, mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Add in the avocado and drizzle with balsamic dressing. Gently toss everything together until combined. Serve immediately.

 

Yield: 10 (as a side)

 

*Per Serving: Calories 230, Total Fat 9g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium  170mg, Total Carbohydrate 35g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 6g, Includes 3g Added Sugars), Protein 5g, Vitamin D 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 6%, Potassium 4%.

 

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

 

Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad

 

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Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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