Lighten up Pasta Salad With A Recipe That Goes Easy on The Dressing

If you love pasta salad but worry about the fat and calories, try this recipe from Eating Well.  

The olilve oil and red-wine vinegar give this salad flavor and the low-fat mayo and yogurt keep is light.  Add grilled chicken to turn it into a meal.  Make ahead and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.


  • 2 cups whole-wheat rotini, (6 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 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
  • 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, yogurt, 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.


Per serving : 205 Calories; 9 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 5 g Mono; 1 mg Cholesterol; 29 g Carbohydrates; 6 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 291 mg Sodium; 269 mg Potassium


  1. I made this recipe last night for a cookout and it tasted great! People really seemed to like it too 🙂 I love pasta salad!

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