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Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes

Pasta salad is an easy and versatile dish, perfect for potlucks, packed lunches, and main-dish dinners. Try one of our veggie-loaded healthy pasta salad recipes under 400 calories for a delicious dish that's full of nutrition.


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    • Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

      A tasty complement to any summer potluck or picnic, this colorful pasta salad is packed with fresh fruits and veggies, making it an instant favorite. Not only does this dish offer bright, fresh flavor, but it's just 357 calories per serving, perfect for sticking to any healthy diet.

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    • Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

      Pantry staples, such as canned beans and pasta, mix with Mediterranean favorites for an easy pasta salad that is sure to please. Feta cheese, dried tomatoes, and homemade Greek dressing make this salad shine.

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    • Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

      For a guaranteed people-pleaser at your next event, try this Italian pasta salad. Rotini pasta mixes with mild mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, garlic, and fresh snipped basil for a surprisingly healthy yet delicious pasta recipe.

    • Zucchini Ribbons, Pasta, and Arugula

      For a fast, flavorful pasta salad, look no further than this divine trinity of -ini's -- zucchini, pepperoncini, and fettuccine (close enough). Rounded out with arugula and fresh oregano, this lemony pasta salad comes together in just half an hour -- and contains just 282 calories per serving.

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    • We Heart Zoodles

      What's not to love? You can snack on them, substitute them for regular noodles in pasta salads (the dressing softens the raw zoodles), and of course, simply heat and eat 'em—as in this Garlicky Zucchini Noodles recipe. Click to watch!

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    • Broccolini and Sweet Pepper Pasta Salad

      If you love an abundance of veggies in your pasta salad, you're in for a treat. We dressed vitamin-packed Broccolini, sweet peppers, red onion, and fresh herbs in a sweet-and-tangy homemade vinaigrette, then tossed on goat cheese crumbles and almonds for protein.

      Editor's Tip: To speed cook time along, simmer the Broccolini in the same pot as the pasta. Just toss it in during the final three minutes.

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    • Whole Grain Farfalle with Walnuts and Arugula

      Cut calories in your pasta salad by swapping in leafy greens, like the arugula featured here, for some of the pasta. Parmesan cheese and walnuts add protein to veggies and carbs, covering three of your food groups for an ideal main dish.

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    • Greek Garden Pasta Salad

      A dressing of light mayonnaise, fat-free milk, and yogurt tossed with whole grain pasta keeps this creamy pasta salad below 100 calories per serving. Filled with olives, cucumber, and tomatoes, this recipe offers fresh flavors for any summer bash.

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    • How to Make Pasta Salad

      Infuse your pasta with delicious flavor by letting it marinate in a light lemon-oil dressing overnight. Watch to learn our technique for this easy pasta salad.

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      Penne and Asparagus Salad

      Bite into this creamy pasta salad and you'll find briny olives, sweet peppers, three types of cheese, and gloriously tender stalks of asparagus. Best part? No worries about breaking the calorie bank: One serving contains just 263 calories!

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      Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese

      Taste the freshness of summer in this pasta salad mixed with baby spinach and juicy cherry tomatoes. Cooked chicken and whole grain pasta finish off this easy all-in-one meal.

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      Italian Pasta Salad

      Low in fat and calories, this Italian-style dish makes a great healthy pasta salad alternative. Made with snap peas, sweet pepper, fresh basil, and olives, this summery side offers fresh flavors in every forkful.

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      Orange, Mint, and Asparagus Pasta Salad

      An unexpected mix of flavors, such as citrusy orange, fresh mint, and crisp-tender asparagus, makes this pasta salad recipe stand out. Pack leftovers for an easy take-along lunch or serve as a light summer dinner.

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      Greek-Style Orzo and Double-Bean Salad

      Don't be fooled by orzo's grainlike appearance: It's actually tiny pasta, and it's simply fabulous in veggie-packed pasta salads. Serve this olive- and feta-dotted salad over grilled eggplant for a hearty vegetarian dinner, or pass around unsalted pita chips for a salsa-style appetizer. Either way, this dish is just a smidge over 200 calories per serving!

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      Gazpacho Crab and Pasta Salad

      A paprika- and cayenne-seasoned tomato dressing adds unexpected heat to this crab and pasta salad. At just 238 calories per serving, you can enjoy this spicy dish guilt-free.

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      Pasta with Swiss Chard

      Swiss chard, a colorful leafy green full of magnesium and fiber, ups your nutrient intake when added to a simple bow tie pasta salad. A garlic-ricotta cheese mixture makes a unique alternative to pasta salad's usual mayo-based dressing.

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      Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

      Boost nutrients at your next potluck by preparing a pasta salad made with whole wheat pasta, heart-healthy walnuts, and veggies galore. Bring this healthy Italian pasta salad to any get-together -- at 16 servings, it can feed a crowd.

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      Citrus-Tuna Pasta Salad

      For a complete one-meal dish, try this light lemon-herb pasta salad. Filled with artichokes, olives, sweet peppers, and tuna, this fiber-rich recipe is simple yet satisfying.

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