California Avocado and Citrus Pasta Salad

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9 g
Total Fat
5 g
Dietary Fiber
5 g
35 g
Total Carbs
 California Avocado and Citrus Pasta Salad

Vintage California Avocado Recipe…Here’s a pasta salad recipe from decades past that’s still perfect for summer barbecues and picnics. Chock full of fruits and veggies, it’s also vegan and a low sodium dish that provides an excellent source of vitamin c (63% Daily Value), vitamin k 26% DV, selenium 26% DV, folate 25% along with a good source of dietary fiber 19% DV, manganese 18% DV, niacin 12% DV, riboflavin 10% DV, vitamin B6 10% DV and potassium 10% DV.


Serves: 8
oz.  dry penne pasta, cooked, rinsed with cold water and drained well
1/3  cup  orange or tangerine juice
Tbsp.  orange marmalade
1 1/2  Tbsp.  vegetable or extra virgin olive oil
Tbsp.  white wine vinegar
tsp.  Dijon mustard
  ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded and peeled
  small seedless oranges or large tangerines, peeled and segmented
  medium red sweet bell pepper, ½-inch diced
  green onions, sliced diagonally
1/4  cup  (lightly packed) chopped cilantro or basil leaves, optional
  As needed  Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. While pasta is cooking, whisk together juice, marmalade, oil, vinegar and mustard in a large bowl.
  2. Add cooked, drained pasta. Mix well, cover and chill.
  3. To serve slice one avocado and dice the other. Add avocado and remaining ingredients to the pasta; toss gently and adjust seasoning.

Serving suggestion: Serve in a large, hollowed-out head of red cabbage or radicchio.

Beverage Pairing: Nice with chilled sparkling water.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 230
Total Fat 9 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Unsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 mg
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 5 g
Total Carbs 35 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Potassium 340 mg
Total Sugar 9 g

Vitamin A 403 (IU); Vitamin C 38 mg; Calcium 34 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 (IU); Folate 100 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.06 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin 8%; Vitamin C 60%; Calcium 4%; Iron 6%


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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