Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad

Delicious for parties, enjoy this beautiful, layered Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad with layers of pasta, cheese, greens, olives, and golden pecans. This post is in partnership with American Pecans.

What are you bringing for a potluck dish this weekend?

Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad

Just in time for spring and summer parties, enjoy this Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad, a beautiful dish that everyone will love!

Topped with beautiful pecans, that have a naturally sweet taste and satisfying crunch, that pairs well with so many other flavors! We love pecans mixed into breakfast dishes, topped on lunch food, baked into dinner, or as a delicious snack straight from the bag!

Pecans are super nutritious

Many think of pecans as a dessert nut, but we love them in many dishes. Pecans are among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats, and have plant-protein, fiber, flavonoids, and essential minerals.*

Pecan Pasta Salad

For this Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad, we used a layer of chopped pecans in the salad, and then garnished on top as well. They’re also a delicious snack straight from the bag.

Layered Lettuce Salad

Making a layered salad is easy! Think ahead to the type of salad, which greens, cheese, and nuts to use. Then according to the season, what extras should be added? For spring, peas are great. For fall, butternut squash is great.

This salad has a layer of orecchiette pasta, radicchio, chopped pecans, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke pieces, and orange slices. Then add fresh herbs, feta cheese, and marinated olives.

Top with pecan halves and serve with a lemon vinaigrette and fresh-cracked pepper!

Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Since pecans add plant protein, fiber, good fats and essential minerals to every dish, I love this recipe when I host a party or head to a potluck, because it’s vegetarian and nutritious!

As a source of plant-based protein, pecans can take your vegetarian meals to the next level. You can even use them as a substitute for ground meat in recipes.

Whatever meal plans you choose to create, pecans aren’t just good for you – they are truly The Original Supernut!

It can be tough to come up with new dishes when adhering to certain dietary or lifestyle considerations, believe me, as I host all the time. But pecans are a delicious, hard-working ingredient!

Okay, Friends, so let’s think outside the box for potluck season and make some delicious, nutritious salads!

I can’t wait!

Happy hosting!

This post is sponsored by American Pecans, but as always, all opinions are my own.

*One serving of pecans (28g) contains 18g of unsaturated fat and only 2g of saturated fat.

Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Salad
Keyword: layered salad, pasta salad
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 12 oz orecchiette pasta or other small pasta
  • 2 heads of radicchio about 3-4 cups thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pecan pieces or pecan halves, chopped, plus pecan halves for garnish
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke cut into bite-size pieces and drained
  • 1 cara cara orange slices
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsley or mint or both
  • 6 oz feta cheese
  • 1 cup halved marinated olives kalamata and green, drained
  • Optional lemon vinaigrette and fresh-cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1/4 cup of salt. When water is bubbling, add in pasta, allow water to come back to a boil, then start timer for about 10 minutes. When pasta is cooked, el dente, drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  • In a large, clear bowl, layer half of the radicchio on the bottom. Sprinkle half of the olives, artichoke, and tomato on top. Next, spread out half of the pasta, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, half of the parsley, 3 oz of crumbled feta, and the orange supremes of one orange.
  • Add in all of the spinach, then repeat layering steps: radicchio, olives, artichoke, tomato, pasta, pecans, parsley, feta, and orange.
  • Crack with fresh pepper and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.
  • Dressing is a nice touch, but it isn’t necessary, with all of the oils and vinegars from the marinated ingredients.

More delicious salads with pecans: Pecan-Dijon Crusted Salmon Recipe or Pear Quinoa Salad. Or try 5-minute Rainbow Carrot Pecan Salad or Mixed Green Salad with Oranges Dried Cranberries and Pecans!

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