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Fall Harvest Pasta Salad

This Fall Harvest Pasta Salad is a festive cold pasta dish made with fresh and seasonal ingredients like apples and pears and colorful noodles, topped with a deliciously sweet honey poppyseed dressing!
Prep Time12 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fall Harvest Salad, Fall Pasta, pasta salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 1 pk fall pasta
  • 1 whole pear, of your choice
  • 1 whole honeycrisp apple
  • 1 whole granny smith apple
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp poppyseeds
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. When done rinse with cold water.
  • Meanwhile wash and slice apples and pear. You can use a mandoline for this but a sharp knife will do the job. Set aside
  • Add dressing ingredients to a small glass and whisk to combine. Set aside
  • When you are ready to assemble add pasta, apple and pear slices, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and dressing to a large bowl and toss to combine. Top with feta cheese and serve.


Remove apple and pear slices before storing any leftover in the fridge. Add fresh slices when ready to serve again. 
apples and pears are on the dirty dozen list so be sure to buy organic whenever possible!


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg