Sweet Grape n’ Pasta Salad and Green Living Tips

by Amie on August 31, 2012

This pasta salad brings me back to the days when my grandma, Isabel tossed a handful of red grapes and pasta together for a simple, yet delicious meal.

My sister and I couldn’t get enough of this.

It was just so darn good.

And so as I grew up, my mother made a similar red grape and pasta salad each week- kept it in our fridge and let us enjoy it for an afternoon snack before soccer practice or for a quick dinner if we had lots of homework.

My mom’s famous recipe involves tuna, red grapes, mayo and pasta however I’ve dolled this one up a bit differently…

More Amie style.

After going back n’ forth with a few different ideas, I decided to go with a sweet orange n’ grape pasta salad.  It’s a bit different from the days when my grandma made it- but it’s just as tasty.

It’s a pretty bowl of gluten-free pasta, Greek plain yogurt, olive oil, orange zest, orange juice and fresh parsley.

Simple yet so satisfying.

Let me tell you, you’ll need a whole lotta this to serve at your Labor Day BBQ or picnic because everyone’s gunna want seconds.

There are a million and one variations of pasta salad on the internet but since I wanted to be unique and different from all the others- I thought the orange zest n’ juice would be the perfect addition without adding sugar or processed dressings.

You can surely taste the orange flavor but it’s not overwhelming.  It’s a great spin on your classic pasta salad you see at every BBQ – so why not give it a shot and toss a few of these ingredients together for a Labor Day dish you surely won’t forget.

You’ll probably wanna make it again next week.  And that’s actually a great idea.

Because with the kiddies heading back to school – you’ll need a simple meal like this to have on the table in under 10 minutes.

Not too shabby, eh?

It’s a sweet variation of those boring pasta salads you see in the store and would be great with a side of baked tortilla chips and strawberry lemonade.

But then again, what’s not great with a nice big ol’ glass of lemonade?

So, before you head on over to your fridge and pantry to whip up this pretty purple (polka dot) pasta salad, take a trip on over to visit my pal, Lori at Groovy Green Livin’. She has a few fun tips for you on how to Green your Labor Day BBQ.

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Sweet Grape n’ Pasta Salad
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
 
Gluten-Free and Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • ½ pound gluten-free pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. Greek Fat Free plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 tsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh red grapes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; gently toss to combine.
  3. Transfer pasta salad to four serving bowls.
  4. Serve chilled.
Notes
Servings: ~9 Serving Size: ½ cup Calories: 63.6 cal • Fat: 3.1 g • Protein: 5.2 g • Carb: 4.5 g • Fiber: 2.3 g • Sugar: 0.1 g • Sodium: 113.7 mg


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Amelia @ Eating Made Easy September 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Beautiful, Amie, as usual! Can’t wait to try this – and I just got a huge bag of grapes from the farmer’s market – they are so crisp and juicy! Miss you my dear! xoxo

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Amie September 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thanks darling! Miss you more and hope you enjoy this fun pasta salad.

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Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) September 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

Love the idea of adding grapes to this salad! They add a pop of color, not to mention a juicy crunchy. Counting down the minutes until our apple invasion :)

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Amie September 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thanks Kelly! They’re nice n’ sweet; so excited for our apple party next week. xox

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Alaine @ My GF & DF Living September 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

This looks beautiful! Your pictures are so pretty. What kind of camera do you use?

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Amie September 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Thank you Alaine; so nice to hear from you and thank you for your kind words! I use a Nikon D3100 and I love it. I bought it last year and it’s amazing; so fun to use and manageable. Hope that helps; have a great night!

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Laureen September 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Yum, what a great idea. I’ve haven’t tried grapes in a pasta salad…yet.
Shared on my Facebook page :)

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Amie September 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thanks so much Laureen; great to hear from you! Thank you for sharing this on your facebook page; have a wonderful night!

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Charlene September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Wonderful recipe. love your fantastic guidance!!

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Amie September 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Awe; thank you so much Charlene. I am so happy to hear from you! Have a great weekend. xo

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Lynn November 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

Annie,
My 13 year old son has been recently diagnosed with soy, gluten & oats allergies. I am seeking a GF pasta that tastes great chilled. Please tell me which brand you use in this dish!! I have tried so many in the past few months that didn’t pass his taste test. Many thanks for your wonderful recipes!

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Amie November 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

I used Tru Roots Gluten-Free Penne pasta. Their products are amazing and I love them all. Have you tried them? They have numerous products such as lentils and mung beans too! Hope that helps. Have a great weekend Lynn; always happy to help you as I too have the same allergies and dairy as you son! xoox

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