Veggie-packed Pasta Salad
Create a delicious and nutritious Veggie-packed Pasta Salad that’s perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for your next barbecue. This colorful salad is not only visually appealing but also bursting with flavor. It’s a fantastic way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet while indulging in the joy of pasta.
- 8 oz fusilli pasta
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
- 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the fusilli pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, black olives, and feta cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
- Sprinkle fresh basil on top for a burst of flavor and color.
- Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
This Veggie-packed Pasta Salad is a delightful combination of fresh vegetables, pasta, and a tangy dressing. It’s a crowd-pleaser at picnics, potlucks, or as a simple weekday meal.
Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories: 320, Fat: 12g, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 8g
In conclusion, Veggie-packed Pasta Salad is a versatile and healthy dish that brings a rainbow of flavors to your plate. Whether you’re enjoying it as a standalone meal or alongside grilled favorites, it’s a refreshing and satisfying choice. Plus, with its vibrant colors and delicious taste, it’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. Whip up a batch of this pasta salad, and watch it disappear as everyone savors the delightful medley of ingredients.