Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad


Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad

TGIF folks!! Aren’t you glad that Friday is back for a visit again? I am definitely elated although I know that I would be slogging away with the housework over the weekend considering that Eid is approaching next week.

The week has been a drag and the only silver lining was this big bowl of Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad. I had 2 plates of these for dinner last night and boy, it felt so good.

Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad

In fact, I didn’t feel guilty at all as there were quite a significant amount of veggies and fruits in the salad. There were lots of fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes and mandarin oranges, thus making it less “carby”. It felt like I had a plate of pasta and a plate of veggies. Simple mind at work. Oh, did I mention that there are cranberries and pine nuts in the salad as well? Loved the contrasting colors and textures that it gave the salad.

I personally feel that this Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad is the perfect food to have at a party or a picnic. Bring these over for a potluck and you are gonna be the talk of the town. I mean delicious and healthy?? That’s a double win.

Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad

Do give this easy, healthy and quick salad a try. Don’t worry if you end up having 2 plates of these just like me. It is totally cool.

Farfalle with Spinach and Orange Salad
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Serves: 4
For the pasta salad
  • 3 cups cooked farfalle pasta
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 4-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained (roughly 1 cup)
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries/craisins
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
For the dressing
  • 4-5 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (You can use feta too)
  • ¼ cup juice from the canned mandarin orange (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  1. In a large bowl toss together the ingredients for the pasta salad and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the dressing and mix well.
  3. Drizzle over your pasta salad and toss to combine.



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