I made this for a cookout for myself and two of my friends who were also watching what they eat. This was actually gone before the regular pasta salad! I love the idea of using half mayo and half yogurt instead of all mayo, it cuts the calories and fat but doesn't affect the flavor very much. I did make some modifications: I used the juice of one lemon as well as the zest for more flavor, and also added a packet of the Wishbone Italian salad dressing mix. I don't like peppers so I left them out but added more tomatoes and carrots to compensate. The second time I made this, I added in broccoli and cucumbers as well, and added 2 lemons so I could stretch the dressing without adding calories.
Garden Pasta Salad
This lightly dressed pasta salad gets lots of flavor from kalamata olives and basil. A colorful mix of diced bell pepper, shredded carrot and tomatoes adds vitamins and minerals. Serve on a crisp bed of greens. Toss in canned chunk light tuna, cooked chicken or flavored baked tofu to add protein and make it more substantial.
21 Reviews for Garden Pasta Salad
One of my favorite summer meals is tuna pasta salad. I love to have a big bowl of it in the fridge for a quick and satisfying lunch with a glass of iced tea. With all the veggies, this makes a great healthy version. I skipped the olives (since I'm the only one in my family who likes them) and basil (too expensive until my summer crop comes in) and opted for parsley instead, then added a little dried dill weed. I added two cans of drained tuna. It makes a nice slightly heaping cup serving, which I served on a bed of arugula. Delicious! You could vary up the spices depending on your taste - it is a nice basic recipe.
I've made this many times, guests love it. I stick to the recipe and I think it has great flavor (the garlic, lemon, basil and olives are a nice combo) I've found that the flavor is best the next day, so make ahead for best results.
Loved this dish! Made it with all the ingredients listed except instead of the yogurt and Mayonnaise dressing, I added Simply Dressing Light Raspberry with Acai. We both loved it! I am taking it to our Memorial Day get together!
Wow. This is really good. I would have never tried this and I'm so glad I did. I added Mrs Dash tomato basil garlic seasoning blend. I mixed all ingredients together at one time and I added the pasta last. Very creamy. Very well balanced. and if you aren't big on red/yellow peppers you won't be turn off by salad because everything is blended so well together.