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Recipe: Dilled pasta salad with spring vegetables

Medically reviewed on February 6, 2018

Serves 8

Dietitian Tip

Rice vinegar is a clean-tasting, brisk condiment favored in Asian kitchens. White wine vinegar reflects the characteristics of white wine and is thought to have more "bite." Use either type of vinegar in the dressing for this dilled pasta salad.

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 3 cups uncooked whole-grain shell pasta, medium-sized
  • 8 asparagus spears, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped green (spring) onions

Directions

To make the dressing, in a small bowl add the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, dill weed and black pepper. Whisk to mix evenly. Set aside.

To make the salad, fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (al dente), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly and rinse under cold water.

In a small saucepan, cover the asparagus with water. Bring to a boil and cook only until tender-crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl, add the pasta, asparagus, tomatoes, green peppers, onions and dressing. Toss to mix evenly.

Cover and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving SizeAbout 3/4 cup
Calories160
Carbohydrate23 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Fiber4 mg
Protein4 g
Sodium11 mg
Monounsaturated Fat5 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Total Fat8 g

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