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Easy Sweet and Tangy Summer Pasta Salad

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Easy Sweet and Tangy Summer Pasta Salad

It’s hard to beat a classic pasta salad. Our colorful recipe comes together in minutes, and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Its sweet and tangy flavor will make it a family favorite, and you’ll feel good about serving it because it’s packed with healthy vegetables and protein. For a heartier version with even more protein, just add cooked chicken breast or lean steak. Hint: A prepared rotisserie chicken at your local market is perfect for those busier days!

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For the Salad
  • 1 box rotini, cooked per instructions
  • 1/2 to 1 onion, or chopped green onions
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • A handful of your choice of greens — lettuce, arugula, spinach, etc.
  • 1 can of white beans, rinsed and drained

Pro tip: You can add any vegetables you may have leftover in your fridge — corn, peas, broccoli, asparagus, etc.

For the Dressing
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon natural sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, or to taste

  1. Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place all the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  3. Pour over salad, mix and serve.

“This is a great Mediterranean-diet friendly pasta salad to enjoy at home or to bring out to share. There’s a reason the Mediterranean diet has been ranked the #1 diet for the last 5 years in a row—it’s good for your heart, your waistline, and delicious too!  Use whole-wheat pasta for extra fiber.”

Carolyn Schut, MS, RD, LD, CLC, Registered Dietitian, Health Plan of Nevada

Pro Tip: If this makes more than you need, just mix up enough for your meal and store the dressing and salad separately in the fridge.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Makes: 10 as a side dish

Carbohydrates45 g
Fat6.5 g
Protein11 g
Sodium 130 mg