Honey Pasta Salad

Honey pasta salad on a glass plate set on a light purple tablecloth

5 from 1 review

Bursting with mandarin orange flavor and full of colorful veggies, this honey pasta salad is the ultimate sweet and savory summer side dish. 


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For the Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb. bow-tie pasta (Farfalle)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained, and juices reserved*
  • 6 oz. roasted red peppers drained and finely chopped
  • 8 oz. green bell pepper, diced small
  • 4 oz. red onion, diced small
  • 2 oz. sunflower seed kernels, raw, unsalted
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. mandarin orange syrup (from drained mandarin oranges)*
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 2.5 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup neutral oil, i.e. grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • You can use 8 oz. of fresh clementines or tangerines instead of canned or jarred mandarin oranges. If you don't have syrup from the canned mandarin oranges, substitute simple syrup or add extra honey to taste.

Keywords: honey lemon pasta salad, mandarin orange pasta salad