Dinner Tonight: Healthy Pasta Salad

Spread the love

pasta-saladI love a good pasta salad. The typical version, loaded with mayonnaise, oils, and white pasta, isn’t usually the healthiest of meals. However, this healthy pasta salad uses yogurt, whole grain pasta, and tons of vegetables.

Recent studies have shown the benefits of fermented foods, like yogurt, on mood. But yogurt also has a positive impact on digestive health and the maintenance of a strong immune system. Plus fermentation may help to increase the nutritive value of foods by enhancing the body’s absorption of proteins, minerals, and vitamins, such as calcium and B vitamins.

The next time you are asked to bring something to a potluck, try this recipe!


1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
2 roasted garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Place yogurt, garlic, and spices in medium-sized bowl. Gradually whisk in oil and vinegar until well combined. Cover and put in the fridge while you start on the salad.


12 oz whole grain pasta (rotini or spirals)
1 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup steamed green beans, cooled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup sliced, pitted black olives
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Boil pasta according to package directions or until al dente. Drain and run under cool water to stop the cooking process. Place cooked pasta in a large bowl and add remaining salad ingredients. Pour dressing over the top and mix thoroughly.

It’s fun to get creative with the vegetables – you can add your favorites, or whatever you have on hand, such as broccoli, spinach leaves, chopped cucumber, zucchini, diced onion or scallions, peas, grated carrots, etc. Feta cheese makes a nice variation, too!

Photo from here, with thanks.

Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
    read more..
  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
    read more..
  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
    read more..
  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
    read more..
  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
    read more..
  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
    read more..
  • Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
    read more..
  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
    read more..
  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
    read more..
January 2023