Winter Pasta Salad

A refreshing Winter Pasta Salad!  Full of bright, fresh, crunchy ingredients – a great accompaniment for soups, salads, or any protein – serve instead of a green salad!



14 oz bag of Pasta (I used Peace Love & Happiness but any short shape can be used)

1 large apple, diced

2 avocados, diced (tossed with 2 T lemon juice)

1 red pepper, diced

½ cup Brussels sprouts, shredded or sliced

¼ red onion, diced

½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped

½ cup dried cranberries

½ feta cheese, crumbled

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish


½ cup olive oil

½ cup apple cider vinegar

2 T. maple syrup

1 T. Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t. kosher salt

½ t. black pepper


Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and rinse, and toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Place in large bowl.

In a small bowl or jar, add all dressing ingredients.  Whisk or cover jar and shake until combined. Set aside.

Dice avocado and toss with 2 T. lemon juice.  Add to bowl with pasta.

Add all other ingredients to bowl.  Pour dressing over ingredients reserving about ¼ cup dressing. (You’ll use to refresh any salad leftovers)

Toss gently to combine, top with fresh parsley and serve!

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