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.
- 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
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; gently toss to combine.
- Transfer pasta salad to four serving bowls.
- Serve chilled.