SUNSHINE PASTA SALAD

Make this for the next barbecue!

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RECIPE BY ELIZABETH FIEND
Serves 4, Time: 45 minutes

Category: Vegan / Vegetarian Recipe

With the arrival of summer you’ll really enjoy this cold pasta salad which capitalizes on freshness. This tangy, light pasta salad features the color orange. It will brighten your outlook and your look because it’s made with a dressing that contains lots of healthy herbs and spices, but no fat! The spices used in the dressing weren’t chosen randomly. They taste good and have health benefits. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that increase circulation, give energy, alleviate aches and pains and help reduce symptoms of allergies and sinus congestion. Mustard fights stress as it is a good source of magnesium, a calming mineral. Garlic is an immune system booster.

Salad Ingredients:
1/2 lb thin whole wheat spaghetti
4 tablespoons parsley chopped
2 carrots grated and diced
1 orange bell pepper cut into thin strips
3 oranges peeled and cut into bite size pieces
½ pint grape tomatoes cut into quarters
1 cup pecans broken into halves

Dressing Ingredients:
2/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon ginger powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:
1.) Cook spaghetti as directed, and put aside to cool.
TIP: Pasta used in a cold salad should be cooked for slightly less time than for hot dishes. Rinse it with cold water right after cooking to stop it from going mushy on you. Optional: You can spray the pasta with a tiny bit of olive oil while it’s cooling to prevent sticking.

2.) Mix together:  maple syrup and raspberry vinegar until the maple syrup is dissolved. Then add orange juice, garlic, mustard, ginger and salt.
TIP: Make the dressing in a plastic container with a lid and shake it hard to blend.

3.) Put cooked spaghetti in a LARGE bowl and toss chopped parsley into pasta until evenly coated.
NOTE: Why bother with parsley? Besides the fact that it looks nice, parsley boosts the immune system. It contains chlorophyll, which gently cleanses the body and it’s high in vitamins C and A plus the mineral potassium which is good for your heart.

5.) Toss remaining vegetables and fruit into pasta, meaning the carrots, orange bell pepper, oranges, grape tomatoes, if you have other things left over you’re in BiG trouble.

6.) Add dressing and toss until evenly coated.

7.) Top with pecans.

Serve up the sunshine, Sweetheart!

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