This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ and Socialstars™ as part of a #Freshworks sponsored series; all opinions are my own.
Berry Mozzarella Pasta Salad
A summer pasta salad with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mandarin oranges and fresh mozzarella balls. The salad is tossed together with a creamy, sweet key lime pie dressing made with vanilla yogurt and lime juice.
I can’t believe we are a month into summer and July 4th has passed. How did that happen? Once we have our annual beach vacation and the summer holidays have come and gone, we’re back to our normal schedule around here. That is, until we jet off to St. Thomas next month for wedding, but that’s another story for a different day.
I swear, we eat so much fruit this time of year. If you looked in our fridge, you’d be hard pressed to find anything but fruit, vegetables, water and cheese 🙂 Not a bad selection, if you ask me. Summer is the perfect time to stock up on extra produce. It seems it’s all I want these past few months.
It’s not easy to keep produce fresh for a few weeks, or so I thought. I’ve got to hand it to the Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Saver because since I started using the product nearly 5 month ago, none of my produce has gone to waste! Now, that truly deserves a standing ovation. Gone are the days where I lived in fear of produce rotting away and tossing money down the drain.
Now days, it’s so easy to stock up on fruit and eat it throughout the week. We love to make breakfast smoothies, top it on yogurt, mix it with dessert and toss into different dishes to add some refreshing sweetness.
I bought these berries about a week ago at a local farmer’s market and just knew that I wanted to use them for a recipe over the 4th of July. Usually, raspberries don’t last long with traditional store packaging. They always develop some sort of mold or get mushy after a day or two. However, these berries made it into this fruity pasta salad for the holiday.
Rubbermaid® FreshWorks™ Produce Saver is a brand new food storage container that uses revolutionary FreshVent™ technology to keep produce fresher up to 80% longer (when compared to store packaging). The containers are BPA free and dishwasher safe which makes clean up that much easier. Product comes in three sizes including small ($9.99), Medium ($12.99) and Large ($15.99).
Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Saver uses Revolutionary FreshVent™ Technology which is a patented membrane that naturally regulates the flow of O2 and CO2 to create the optimal environment to keep your produce nearly as fresh as the day it was picked.
That means that while traditional store packaging fails after a few days due to moisture issues, Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ Produce Saver works to evenly distribute and control the moisture level in the container that leads to longer lasting food. With produce lasting longer, those buy-one-get-one fruit sales will quickly become a weekly grocery shopping favorite. It makes it so much easier to keep fruit around and eat throughout the day now.
With fruit that stays fresh longer, I’m able to stock up on sales at the store and each healthier throughout the week. Since summer is in full swing, all I want is juicy, fresh fruit to stay refreshed during the hot summer days.
What are your favorite fruits to stock up on during the summer?
Berry Mozzarella Pasta Salad with Key Lime Pie Dressing
- 8 ounces bow tie pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
- 1.5 pounds strawberries , sliced
- 9 ounces raspberries
- 6 ounces blackberries
- 10 ounces mandarin oranges , drained
- 2 cups red grapes
- 8 ounces mozzarella balls
- 1/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- zest of 2 limes
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large pot filled with water and 1 tablespoon olive oil, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking together. **Pasta can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator, if needed. I like this method to ensure the pasta is cold.
Slice strawberries and place in a medium bowl with raspberries, blackberries, grapes and mandarin oranges; set aside.
To make the dressing, zest the lemon and limes then set the zest aside. Combine 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, lime juice, lemon juice, honey and brown sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until sugar has dissolved. Stir in a splash of vanilla extract. Add half the zest to the mixture and stir again.
To assemble, combine pasta and 1/2 the dressing mixture to a large bowl. Pour into a serving bowl. Next, Toss the fruit with the mozzarella balls and the remainder of the dressing. Top with renaming zest to garnish.