Tropical Pasta Salad Recipe

While in the kitchen doing pushups or running in place, you can toss together this tropical pasta salad recipe from our dietician.  



  • 1 pound tri-color or inspiring "sport-shaped" pasta (i.e. bicycles, tennis rackets) cooked, drained, and cooled 
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 
  • 1 cup corn, canned or frozen 
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges, canned, drained 
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  • 3 tablespoons canola or walnut oil (found at specialty stores) 
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange peel

Directions: In a large bowl combine pasta, chickpeas, peas, corn, and raisins. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss with mandarin oranges. Serves: 6. 


Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes for pasta, and 5 to 10 minutes for mixing.