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Pasta Salad with Cranberries and Peas

26 Oct

Pasta salads are one of the very easy and convenient mini meals that are appealing to children and adults.  Pasta, of course, is the main player in the game.  Most pasta salads are creamy and heavy.  I like my pasta salads light and so you’ll find no creamy dressing holding the salad together.  And, somehow I find the pasta salads are usually made with larger pasta.  I found tiny bow-tie pasta that is ideal for soups.  I began with the intention of making soup for lunch, but ended up with a pretty pasta salad, complete with green peas, cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and a very simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

The tiny pasta with peas and ruby-red cranberries will surely appeal to children.  Put this beautiful bowl of pasta salad in front of kids, and I’m sure they will want to try it.  Well, even if the kid(s) in your house doesn’t feel tempted to dig in, you should try it.  It is light, delicious, and healthy too!  Half a cup of frozen peas has only 5% of your daily value of sodium. Peas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, thiamine (B1), iron and phosphorus. Pulses are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fiber and low in fat. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage by unstable molecules called free radicals. The health benefits of cranberries include prevention of urinary tract infection, lowering cholesterol, and cancer prevention.

Ingredients I used:

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta (I used tiny bow-tie pasta)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Few simple steps:

  1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.  Drain and keep aside.
  2. Cook peas in boiling water for about 3 minutes and set aside.
  3. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper until well combined.
  4. In a bowl, toss the pasta, peas, cranberries, walnuts, parsley and mix well.
  5. Pour the dressing and let the salad rest for some time until flavors are well combined before serving.
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5 Comments

Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Recipes, Vegetarian

 

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5 responses to “Pasta Salad with Cranberries and Peas

  1. An Unrefined Vegan

    October 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    What a beautiful-looking dish! Sounds yum, too. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my new blog – which led me to your wonderful, informative site.

     
    • shaanthz

      October 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you. I guess we are in the same boat as newbies….I’m trying to bring some latest health news with few healthy morsels as well.

       
  2. Gilly Gee

    January 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

    This sounds divine, I would never have thought of cranberries but I can tell it works!

     
    • shaanthz

      January 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, it does work in this case. It adds a contrast to flavors and textures, and looks pretty too. Kids love it – best thing about it!

       

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