Sweet Pasta Salad Recipe
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Sweet Pasta Salad Recipe

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“I first tasted this delightfully different salad several years ago at a pool party and begged the hostess for the recipe,“ recalls Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, Texas. “Since then, I’ve served it many times and have always gotten rave reviews.“
Featured In: 30 Fall Harvest Salads
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 4 cups torn salad greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 327 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, for dressing, combine the cream, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup strawberries in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth and slightly thickened, about 30 seconds.
  2. Drain the pasta; rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add oil and toss to coat. Add coconut and remaining strawberries; toss gently.
  3. Place the greens in a serving bowl; top with pasta mixture. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Pasta Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p45

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Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010


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