Cranberry Orange Orzo Salad Recipe

This colorful Thanksgiving pasta salad makes a tasty and healthy side dish for your holiday table. Sweet-and-tangy cranberry dressing perfectly complements the orange, creating a delicious compliment to your turkey or an alternative meal option for vegetarians.

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, trim top and bottom ends of orange. Stand fruit on one of the cut ends; remove outer peel, following natural curve of fruit to remove bitter white pith. Working over a bowl to catch juices, cut between membranes to release segments; set aside.
  3. Whisk together cranberry sauce, oil, 2 tbsp orange juice (from segments), vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and chili flakes; toss with pasta.
  4. Stir in arugula, orange segments, walnuts and dried cranberries.

Tips:

  • If you don’t have a navel orange, use 2 clementine or mandarin oranges.
  • Substitute pecans, pumpkin seeds or almonds for walnuts.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 277 calories, 12 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 166 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g sugars, 5 g protein

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

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