Soups & Salads

Creamy Strawberry Pasta Salad


Posted: August 2

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

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We've heard about all sorts of different pasta salads over the years, but a pasta salad with fruit? That seems a bridge too far. And yet once you try Creamy Strawberry Pasta Salad, you'll wonder why no one has tried it before! The brightness and sweetness of the strawberries add bursts of sunshine to each bite, highlighted by the sharpness of the feta cheese and the crunch of the almonds. The tender bed of pasta is saturated with a creamy, tangy, and sweet dressing with hints of nuttiness, elevating everything it touches to new heights. In under half an hour, and without making you break a sweat, Creamy Strawberry Pasta Salad shines and shimmers. Grab a fork!


Ingredients

For the pasta salad:
1 pound dry pasta, elbow, bow tie, rotini, or similar
5 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1-1 1/2 pounds strawberries, sliced
2 avocados, diced
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
3/4 cup almonds, slivered or sliced
For the poppy seed dressing:
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard or 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions

Step 1

Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions.

Step 2

Drain the pasta and let cool for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Stir the pasta, lettuce, strawberries, avocados, feta, and almonds together in a large bowl.

Step 4

Whisk the yogurt, vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, mustard, and poppy seeds together in a small bowl.

Step 5

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

Step 6

You can make this salad up to 3 days ahead of time. The flavor improves the longer it chills, covered, in the fridge.

Step 7

Serve.


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