Colorful Pasta Salad Recipe
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Colorful Pasta Salad Recipe

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The colorful side dish shared by Mary Tallman of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin features sweet pineapple, crunchy vegetables and refreshing cilantro in a tangy dressing with pasta. It requires just 15 minutes of prep time, so it’s perfect for a quick lunch or on-the-go dinner.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas, halved
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (prepared with fat-free Italian dressing) equals 120 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fruit.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, snow peas, carrot, cucumber and reserved pineapple juice.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Add to pineapple mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro. Drizzle with salad dressing and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Colorful Pasta Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p59

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (prepared with fat-free Italian dressing) equals 120 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fruit.

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