Makeover Italian Pasta Salad Recipe
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Makeover Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

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Here’s the perfect side dish for summer picnics or fall potlucks—and no one would ever guess that it’s been slimmed down. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep:25 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep:25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cubed provolone cheese
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 101 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 507mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 0 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add the tomatoes, mushrooms, salad dressing, peppers and onions. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; stir in provolone cheese and olives. Gently fold into the pasta mixture. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Italian Pasta Salad in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p26

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bhagon 117119
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Loved this salad! Very colorful! I added some cut up cooked asparagus and used fresh mozzarella cubed. Yummmmmmyyyyy!!!"

martylb 195850
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Easy and quick to make. Great side dish."

TerryLaPorte 212499
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"My and and I both loved this salad, made exactly as the recipe states. Very flavorful."

d3l 117118
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"Sounds great. Haven't made it yet because I can't believe it only has one cup of dry pasta in it??????"

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