Orange Pasta Asparagus Salad

Pasta Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Looking for a good healthy recipe to take to the potluck or family picnic? This is a delicious, easy and impressive salad, sure to get them all asking for the recipe. When I can't find my husband at the party, I can usually find him surrounded by women asking for the recipe.....relax ladies..... it's right here!

You could add or substitute a variety of other ingredients (think broccoli, nuts, artichoke hearts, etc.) but what really makes the dish special is this Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette. It is simple and light, a little bit sweet, and totally delicious!

Salad Ingredients:
1 cup pasta (Mark likes mini rotelle wheels)
1 cup asparagus spears, cut
1 cup bell pepper, chopped (red, yellow, orange)
¼ cup red onion, chopped
1 8 oz can garbanzo beans
1 8 oz can kidney beans
Parsley for garnish

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
½ cup olive oil
1 orange (the sweetest you can find)
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp orange zest
Parsley finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

A very simple salad to put together. Prepare the dressing first, Mark suggests making at least an hour or more before you want to eat. Add all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. If you want it a little sweeter, add more orange juice.  

Cook the pasta per package directions, drain and set aside to cool. Blanch your chopped asparagus for just a few minutes and set aside to cool. Chop your onions and bell peppers into bite sized pieces.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and gently mix. Add the Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette and combine well. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Enjoy!

I love all these colors!


  1. That looks really yummy! So many great colors

  2. Looks wonderful! I love all the colors too :)

  3. The colors are wonderful! I like that women crowd your husband asking for the recipe to the foods you bring to events, too funny!

  4. Love the colours, too. Great textures and can imagine orange and asparagus are just made for each other!

  5. super light and refreshing - love asparagus. thanks for sharing a new way to use them!

  6. Mmmm this sounds like a delicious and refreshing salad! That vinaigrette sounds amazing!!!

  7. Tiff- This looks deeelicious. I've been trying to eat a bit healthier lately and this is gonna help. Hope all is well your way. We need to meet up with year fo sure!!

  8. I LOVE how colorful this pasta is!!! I imagine it is a crowd-pleaser at events not only because it is beautiful but also because it tastes amazing, orange viniagrette is delish. :)


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