Marinated grape and risoni Braai Pasta Salad

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  • 1 cup (220g) risoni
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds on an angle
  • 200g sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 25g punnet red vein sorrel leaves (from specialty grocers or markets – substitute baby spinach leaves)
  • 100g gorgonzola dolce, crumbled


  • 350g mixed seedless grapes (we used red and black grapes)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • Finely grated zest & juice of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped


  1. For the marinated grapes, place all the ingredients in a bowl with 1 tsp salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  2. Set aside for at least 1 hour to marinate. (This can be done up to 1 day ahead. Marinate in the fridge and bring to room temperature to serve.)
  3. Drain grapes, reserving the marinade, and set aside.
  4. Cook risoni in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 6 minutes or according to packet instructions.
  5. Drain, then toss with half the reserved marinade from the grapes and set aside to cool.
  6. Blanch asparagus and sugar snap peas in a saucepan of salted boiling water, then refresh in iced water. Drain. Cut peas in half lengthways.
  7. To serve, toss risoni with the asparagus and sugar snap peas.
  8. Arrange on a serving platter with the red vein sorrel, gorgonzola and marinated grapes. Drizzle with remaining grape marinade to serve.