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Healthy Pasta Salad

This fabulous healthy pasta salad is easy and quick to make! I’ve added some unique unexpected ingredients to suit everyone that both kids and adults will love. This is a cold pasta salad that you can prepare the day before and toss with dressing the day of. It’s simple and tasty as a side dish or main entree. It can be made gluten free and it’s healthy which makes it a great choice for every occasion.

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Ingredients for Easy Healthy Pasta Salad

healthy pasta salad
  • 1 pkg Gluten Free Pasta (I use the Trader Joe’s gluten free brown rice pasta fusilli but be cautious it doesn’t get hardened after cooling)
  • 2 cups Tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup Cucumber quartered
  • 1/2 cup Olives (I use black olives)
  • 1/2 cup Purple Onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
  • 3/4 cup Feta Cheese
  • Dressing of your choice-I suggest a homemade lemon garlic vinaigrette or Trader Joe’s feta dressing
  • Optional add a protein of your choice, avocado, garbanzo beans, salami, salmon, chicken or steak all pair well

 

healthy pasta salad

Ingredient List for Best Greek Homemade Dressing

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 Lemon

2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

1 Tsp Dried Oregano

Dash Salt and Pepper

Combine all ingredients, whisk and chill

healthy pasta salad ingredients

healthy pasta salad dressing

Directions for Healthy Pasta Salad

Gather All Ingredients for Pasta

Boil pasta based on package directions and let cool

Gather All Ingredients for dressing and prepare dressing per above

Prepare tomatoes, cucumber and onions

Add to cooled pasta noodles

Combine all other ingredients

Toss with dressing and add additional sprinkle of feta and pine nuts on top

Pour into bowls and serve

healthy pasta salad served

 

Nutritional Information and Facts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Makes about 6 servings

Calories 342

What is the Best Gluten Free Pasta brand?

There are several great brands of gluten free pasta. I use the Trader Joe’s brand but at times I buy from my local grocery store. I recommend a light and airy noodle of your choice and not penne. Try a bowtie or twist. Here is a list of some pastas available online:

If you want a great option for healthy foods delivered to your home, try the membership club at Thrive Market for healthy organic food options. Go to Thrive Market.  Thrive Market has great gluten free options.

What is the Fastest Way to Cool Pasta for Pasta Salad?

For some cold pasta recipes you will want to cool pasta quickly before adding the fresh veggies and other ingredients. To cool pasta quickly, pour into a strainer and run under cold water until it’s the desired temp.

Perfect for holidays such as Memorial Day, Father’s Day and July 4th. My recipe for healthy pasta salad is great for potlucks, large gathering, date night or a picnic. I hope you enjoy this Gluten Free Healthy Pasta Salad recipe for your next special meal or occasion. It’s very easy to make and so tasty. Please comment below and please leave a star rating!

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Healthy Pasta Salad

Healthy Pasta Salad

This fabulous healthy pasta salad is easy and quick to make! I’ve added some unique unexpected ingredients to suit everyone that both kids and adults will love. This is a cold pasta salad that you can prepare the day before and toss with dressing the day of. It’s simple and tasty as a side dish or main entree. It can be made gluten free and it’s healthy which makes it a great choice for every occasion.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg Pasta
  • 2 cup Tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup English Cucumber quartered
  • 1/2 cup Olives
  • 1/2 cup Purple Onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
  • 3/4 cup Feta Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Boil Pasta per provided directions and cool
  • Gather all ingredients for pasta salad and dressing
  • Prepare homemade dressing and chill
  • Prepare Tomatoes, Cucumber, Onions
  • Combine all ingredients
  • Toss with dressing
  • Add extra pine nuts and feta on top
  • Pour into bowls and serve

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4 thoughts on “Healthy Pasta Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe looks amazing. I bought the ingredients tonight using regular pasta and I’m making it tomorrow.
    Thanks

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