Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes
Roasted Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Salad
Meatlike mushrooms and protein-rich beans ensure this 264-calorie creation will be the most filling side dish on your potluck spread. Don't sweat the prep time if you're in a hurry: 30 minutes of it is for cooling the cooked pasta to room temp—an optional step.
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. This dish not only offers bright, fresh flavor, but also is just 357 calories per serving, perfect for sticking to any healthy diet.
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.
Grilled Fruit Couscous Salad
Couscous, essentially tiny pasta pearls, rounds out this pretty fruit salad and offers a satisfying amount of starch. Grill the plums and nectarines to caramelize their natural sugars, then toss with the couscous and a honey-citrus dressing for a speedy summer salad.
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
Transform yesterday's leftover roasted vegetables into today's fresh and healthy pasta salad! Pair a 1-2/3-cup serving with a side of fruit and dinner is done.
Peachy Chicken Pasta Salad
With 15 grams of protein via chicken and walnuts, this peachy pasta salad is an entree in itself. Try it with any small shape of pasta (we like radiatore, bowties, campanelle, or penne). Chicken not your fave? Swap in pork tenderloin or shrimp.
Summer Spaghetti Salad
Noodles and zoodles join forces in this spaghetti and summer squash salad. Long, thin strands of string cheese join the party, too, all before each 335-calorie bowl gets topped with herby tomatoes and toasted walnuts.
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.
Citrus Couscous Salad
Hankering for pasta salad during fall or winter? Try this hearty yet healthy pasty salad that features cold-weather produce picks such as onions and oranges (zest, juice, and segments). Briny olives and salty hazelnuts season the salad beautifully—in addition to a pinch of salt and pepper, of course.
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.
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!
Greek Garden Pasta Salad
A dressing of light mayonnaise, fat-free milk, and yogurt tossed with whole grain pasta keeps this creamy pasta salad under 100 calories per serving. Filled with olives, cucumber, and tomatoes, this recipe offers fresh flavors for any summer bash.
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.
Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
Crank up the pesto power of this make-ahead macaroni salad by garnishing with toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (two ingredients commonly found in basil pesto). Toss beans and pasta with arugula for a peppery punch and extra vitamins.
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.
Italian Pasta Salad
Low in fat and calories, this Italian-style dish makes a great healthy alternative to mayo-laden pasta salad. Made with snap peas, sweet pepper, fresh basil, and olives, this summery side offers fresh flavors in every forkful.
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!