Honey Pasta Salad

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

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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.