You will love this simple healthy rainbow vegetable pasta salad. It’s quick and easy to make with fresh healthy ingredients. Healthy pasta options could consist of varying your pasta choices to gluten free selections, spiral rainbow pasta and spinach pasta. For this recipe I used a skinny penne pasta.
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Ingredients for Healthy Rainbow Vegetable Pasta Salad
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
½ orange bell pepper, diced
1 shallot, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon olive oil + more to drizzle
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes – optional
1 package penne pasta or your choice of pasta
Salt & pepper to taste
Directions for Rainbow Veggie Pasta
Saute shallots in olive oil for 2 minutes
Add tomato halves and saute 2 minutes
Stir in remaining veggies
Cook pasta in separate pot according to box directions and add seasonings and combine with veggies
Drizzle a little oil
Reduce heat to low and heat for 15 minutes
Add a little pasta water if needed
Garnish with parmesan, serve, and enjoy!
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.
This recipe for spinach lasagna rollups are another great pasta recipe from Healthy Foodie as well as this baked feta pasta. If you want to try a cold pasta to take to a potluck or serve to a big group, try this healthy pasta salad.
Nutrition and Facts for Healthy Rainbow Vegetable Pasta
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
If you want to add a tradiitonal pasta sauce, try this recipe for Easy Homemade Pasta Sauce.
For extra veggies add green, yellow or red bell pepper
Fresh leafy spinach can be added for health benefits such as phytonutrients
Fresh basil or parsley can be added, I go to my indoor mini garden for these delicious herbs
Add fresh garlic for extra flavor
Watch this video for how to make the easiest homemade pasta sauce
Kitchen Gadgets I Used and Recommend
I hope you enjoy this healthy rainbow pasta salad. Try it with my homemade meat sauce or an alfredo. Please leave a comment below with your thoughts and if you try it. Be sure to post pics of your creation!
Healthy Rainbow Vegetable Pasta Salad
- White Ceramic Bowl Set
- Cutting Board
- GreenPan Cookware
- Saute shallots in olive oil for 2 minutes
- Add tomato halves and saute 2 minutes
- Stir in remaining veggies
- Cook pasta in separate pot according to box directions and add seasonings and combine with veggies
- Drizzle olive oil
- Add a little pasta water if needed
- Garnish with parmesan, serve, and enjoy!