This fresh-flavoured pasta salad is ideal as a starter. It makes a healthy change from pasta dressed with oil or butter and parmesan cheese.
*Use Japanese soba noodles, made from buckwheat flour, instead of penne and cook them for 5–7 minutes. Use canola oil in the dressing instead of the sesame oil and omit the sesame seeds. Stir in 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste instead of the fresh ginger. Add 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves with the orange segments, if you like.
*To increase the vegetable content of the salad, finely shred ½ fennel bulb and add it to the salad; scatter with the fronds or feathery leaves from the fennel to garnish.
*Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, with a large orange providing more than twice the recommended daily intake of the vitamin. Studies have highlighted a connection between a regular intake of vitamin C and the maintenance of intellectual function in elderly people. Those people eating a diet rich in vitamin C were also less likely to suffer a stroke.
*Oranges and other citrus fruit also contain coumarins, compounds that are believed to help thin the blood and thus prevent stroke and heart attacks.
GI estimate low.