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Sweet Pasta Salad

 Sweet Pasta Salad
“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.“
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place the greens in a serving bowl; top with pasta mixture. Drizzle
  • with dressing and sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 327 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 9 g protein.