This fresh-flavoured pasta salad is ideal as a side dish with grilled chicken or firm fish, such as fresh tuna or swordfish. It makes a healthy change from noodles 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 sunflower 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 root ginger. Add 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander with the orange segments, if liked. * To increase the vegetable content of the salad, finely shred ½ bulb fennel 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 1 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 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.
Excellent source of vitamin C. Good source of copper. Useful source of folate, niacin, potassium, selenium, vitamin B1.