A great make-ahead entree, this lightened-up pasta salad is loaded with broccoli and peppers. Smoky ham and sweet raisins give it plenty of punch. Enjoy the leftovers for a fuss-free lunch. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2010


Recipe Summary

50 mins


Creamy Herbed Dressing


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, honey, onion (or chives), tarragon (or dill) and onion salt (and/or celery salt) in a bowl until well blended. Season with white pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.

  • To prepare salad: Combine pasta, broccoli, ham, bell pepper, diced onion and raisins in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate to blend the flavors for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.

  • Serve on a bed of spinach and radicchio, garnished with slices of red onion.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; protein 18.9g; carbohydrates 47.9g; dietary fiber 5.6g; sugars 13.8g; fat 10.3g; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 36.9mg; vitamin a iu 4286.4IU; vitamin c 100.5mg; folate 98.1mcg; calcium 118.4mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 73.6mg; potassium 701.8mg; sodium 830mg; thiamin 0.5mg; added sugar 4g.

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  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
Great Tasted great. I didn't include the raisins onions yogurt or sour cream. I needed a little extra sauce but it tasted great far better than expected. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is very satisfying and you can leave out the dairy (yogurt and sour cream) and still it's great. I sub apple juice and lemon juice to extend the sauce and you can blend up those juices with a few canned beans if you want the creamy illusion. Lower fat than using coconut milk which also works for dairy intolerance. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I'm trying to get my husband into eating more veg in his diet since he is very fussy and will miss it out if it's in large pieces. Thankfully Asda does something called Broccoli Rice which is very finely cut broccoli that it's almost like couscous so there was no chance of him avoiding eating it.:D I'll be doubling the amount of herbs and seasoning though as he reckoned it was a bit flavourless! But that could've been because the mustard was overpowering everything else so I'll use half the amount of mustard next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We loved this. Made it with the leftover Thanksgiving honey glazed ham. Did double the dressing and used almost all of it. Left out the raisins because hubby doesn't care for them. Would definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Pleasantly surprised! I was pleasantly surprised by this salad! I'm not usually into mayonnaise-based sauces but there's so many other delicious ingredients in the sauce that you don't even notice the mayo. I used dill in mine and it gave it sort of a mediterranean taste. And the raisins give a perfect amount of sweetness! It's a hearty dish but it doesn't make you feel heavy when you're through eating. I did feel there was a little something missing the first time I ate it so the second time I added a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and it gives it a perfect crunch! Pros: Perfect for lunch quick to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Could be improved slightly This recipe is delicious. I made it with a couple of modifications though. First the raisins are unnecessary. Dried fruit (not fresh) is mostly sugar and should be avoided by most dieters. Second I left out the honey from the dressing. I'm a low-carb person and it's interesting that once you remove all sugar from your diet you lose a taste for sweets. Pros: Tasty and lots of protein Cons: Raisins and honey Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is an awesome pasta salad recipe! We actually forgot to buy the sour cream and white wine and it still came out fantastic! Just pour it over some spinach and you have a healthy less than 20 minute dinner and/or lunch! Read More