Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad


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.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
5 servings, about 2 cups each


Creamy Herbed Dressing

  • ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise

  • cup nonfat plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar or white-wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried minced onion or dried chopped chives

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons dried tarragon or dill

  • ½ teaspoon onion salt or celery salt or 1/4 teaspoon of each

  • White pepper to taste


  • 3 cups cooked whole-wheat fusilli or similar pasta (about 6 ounces dry)

  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 large heads)

  • 1 ½ cups diced ham (8 ounces), preferably reduced-sodium

  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper (or a combination), diced

  • ¼ cup diced red onion, plus slices for garnish

  • cup raisins

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 4 cups spinach leaves

  • 1 cup torn radicchio leaves


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

344 Calories
10g Fat
48g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 14g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Vitamin A 4286IU 86%
Vitamin C 101mg 112%
Folate 98mcg 25%
Sodium 830mg 36%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 74mg 18%
Potassium 702mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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