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Green Shell Salad Recipe

Pasta provides the base for this palate-pleasing salad. "I lightened up a friend's version of this recipe," relates Janet Bernard from Twinsburg, Ohio. "Seasoned with garden-fresh herbs, it tastes, looks and smalls wonderful. It's always a big hit at cookouts and family gatherings."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces small shell pasta
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a serving bowl; set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine the next 10 ingredients; cover and process until smooth.
  • 2. Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1/2 cup) equals 147 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 303 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.