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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.

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

about 2 cups
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.

1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit, 2 vegetable, 2 lean meat