Pasta Salad Recipe Swapped with Healthy Ingredients
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If you love pasta salad, but always avoid it at restaurants because it’s usually loaded with fat and calories and has very low nutritional value. But this recipe with its whole grains, low fat dressing and tons of veggies really increase the health value of this recipe. Add a little parmesean cheese or flavoured/baked tofu for protein, and you've got yourself a healthy complete meal.
- 2 cups whole-wheat rotini, (6 ounces)
- 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, or lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
- 1 cup diced yellow or red bell pepper, (1 small)
- 1 cup grated carrots, (2-4 carrots)
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions, (4 scallions)
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
- I think I’ll probably also add baby spinach (chopped)
- 1/3 cup slivered fresh basil
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold running water.
2. Whisk mayonnaise, yoghurt, oil, vinegar (or lemon juice), garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, scallions, olives and basil; toss to coat well.
Nutritional Info (6 servings, 1 cup each)
Calories: 205; 9 gms fat
Protein: 6 gms
Fibre: 4 gms
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