Well well… look who finally got back into the kitchen 😉 

And I’ll tell ya. I’m sure glad I did!

This simple summer recipe combines flavors that you probably never thought would go hand in hand…

And until tasting for myself I’m not sure I thought they would either!

But let me tell y’all. This.Just.WORKED.

What’s great about this dish too is that it’s best served at room temperature.

So it’s no big deal to leave out for a little while on a hot day like today (near 100 degrees whaaa?!)…

No mayo. No meat. No problem?

A simple toast of the pepitas (pumpkin seeds).

Which you can find in the bulk bins at any grocery store that has them (I got these from Kroger).

A quick sizzle of tangy red onion and spicy jalapeno.

Combined with warm, cooked whole wheat pasta and fresh spinach…

Until just slightly wilted.

Seasoned with salt and pepper and cooled for a few minutes.

Then layered with bright ripe tomatoes and sweet juicy oranges.

Plus a handful of fresh cilantro.

A drizzle of sweet white balsamic vinegar & a splash of olive oil to finish.

Followed by a quick toss.

Then topped with a perfectly ripe slice of avocado.

And served!

Perfect summer time meal for dining al fresco… 

Or at the kitchen table if dinner outside in 90+ just isn’t your thing 😉

Either way.  You’ll more than enjoy what this unique pasta dish has to offer!!

Such a surprise in each bite with the sweet bursts of orange, creamy melt in your mouth avocado, juicy ripe tomatoes and toasty pumpkin seeds.

And the simple, slightly sweet dressing really brings out all the flavors.

By the way, white balsamic vinegar is a bit sweeter than your usual balsamic and can be found at most grocery stores. It’s a kitchen staple of mine!

I’ll bet that you’ve never had anything like it. But will go back for seconds… maybe even thirds 😀

Oh yea. And if you’re feelin’ crazy. Top it with some grilled chicken, shrimp or scallops. I think they’d all go wonderfully!

5 Comments

  1. This is such a unique flavor combination, and I have no doubt it would taste amazing!

  2. I love Healthy Harvest pasta, it’s my fave. And this looks delicious!

  3. Fanatic MomNo Gravatar

    Very delicious. The oranges add a refreshing flavor, and the avocado puts it over it top!

  4. I love that white balsamic! You come up with such creative combos – sounds great!

  5. what a tasty dish!! love the flavors you used… total summer yum!

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