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!