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Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

With fresh basil and tomatoes in the dressing, this refreshing salad delightfully captures the flavor of summer.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • TOMATO BASIL DRESSING:
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, onions, oil, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until firm to the bite; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large salad bowl. Stir in the ham, olives and basil. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 186 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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