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Sweet Pasta Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


6-8 servings

“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.“


  • 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 sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 4 cups torn salad greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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