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Zesty Pasta Salad

zesty pasta salad

Cold pasta salads make perfect packable lunches for school, work, picnics and parties. This easy recipe is healthy with whole wheat pasta and fresh produce.

Zesty Pasta Salad

Zesty Pasta Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup lowfat Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion


  1. Combine dressing, basil, and garlic in small bowl.
  2. Place pasta in large bowl; add tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms and onion. Add dressing and toss until evenly coated.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528Total Fat: 17gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 9gProtein: 29g

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Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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