This makes for a nice and easy, yet filling lunch. Lots of fruit and veggie serving potential in this one! We had this for lunch yesterday and even my husband proclaimed it filling. Considering how teenager like his eating has been the past couple of days, that is a huge compliment! He’d better not be pregnant or something. hehe.
This salad is probably closer to the original version by Oscar Tschirky in 1893…being that it doesn’t have grapes. That certainly shouldn’t stop you from adding them if thats your bag. I’m just anti grape for awhile after someone told me a story about folks finding black widow spiders in grapes…then showed me news reports to prove it. I have an issue with spiders…when they are poisonous that issue rises by a factor incalculable by man. Haven’t been able to look at a grape without shuddering since. A side note..in lotro you have to kill really realistic looking spiders, they even crumple up the right way when they die. This too gives me crawlies. Took me forever to complete that spider killing deed I tell you.
I’m a wuss.
Just eat your tasty salad you big meanie.
- 1 apple cored and cut into chunks
- 1 pear cored and cut into chunks
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 tbl raisins
- 1 cup uncooked whole wheat rotini pasta
- 1/4 cup half the fat mayo
- 1 tbl lemon juice
- 1 tbl orange/mango juice (just plain orange works fine too)
- 2 tsp honey
- a pinch of sea salt
- 2 tbl toasted chopped walnuts (I’ve had this with raw walnuts too and it remains delicious!)
- Cook the pasta according to the directions for al dente texture. Rinse under cold water when done.
- Combine the mayo, juices, honey, and salt in the serving bowl.
- Add the fruit, veggies and pasta to the serving bowl. Stir carefully to combine and coat.
- Serve and top with a bit of the walnuts.
Serves 4. Each serving contains 260 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber. This recipe refrigerated nicely for packing to go to work or for having leftovers for a second lunch the next day. Awesome stuff! I like the fact that it was enough to fuel me through an afternoon of crazy errand running without problems. Kept going all the way through to dinner. Wahoo! Definitely a good one to have ingredients on hand for. I’m considering it for a good picnic lunch someday.