Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy}

You can now indulge in pasta salad, but not feel guilty about it. This Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy}  is made with greek yogurt and taste amazing. 

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

Let’s talk pasta salad today. I love everything about it and could eat it for lunch every day. But I could do without the high calories and heavy mayo. Let’s face it, pasta salad is not very diet friendly.

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

But gosh darn it taste so good. So I knew that I needed to make a pasta salad that I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating. I wanted to make this dish a lighter version so I decided to add greek yogurt. Isn’t greek yogurt awesome? Wanna know some fun facts about greek yogurt? Here are some:

  • It has double the protein then regular yogurt
  • Greek yogurt has low sodium
  • It’s low in carbohydrates
  • Easy to digest
  • And has probiotics. Which are great for your tummy.

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

As you can see I had to make this pasta salad with greek yogurt. Who doesn’t want to eat healthy with a ton of benefits? My fear was it wouldn’t have that creamy yummy flavor that all pasta salads have. So I added a little bit of light mayo to the mix. Just to give it that umph.  And all pasta salads have to have a nice crunch too. So I added some yummy crunchy veggies.

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

When I made this pasta salad I thought that the hubby and kids wouldn’t like it. They aren’t into the whole healthy stuff. Especially when they’re used to the normal unhealthy stuff. When I cook I try to make dishes that I know they’ll like, but with me being on a diet (not lately, but oh well) I needed something to keep the cravings and hunger at bay.

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

Guess what?!? The whole family loved this recipe! Yay! I didn’t even tell them this was a healthier version either. Why do they need to know, right? 🙂 I ended up saying something to the hubby later that night and he said he would of never known. Yippee!

If you’re a pasta salad addict like me, then you need to try this version soon.

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy}

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounce elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • garnish, basil and/or parsley (optional)
 

Directions:

  1. Make pasta according to package instructions. Drain and run cold water over pasta. Place in a large bowl.
  2. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, add greek yogurt, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and bell pepper with the pasta. Mix well.
  4. Add the greek yogurt mixture and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate pasta salad for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight.
  6. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  • Recipe adapted: Skinnytaste
  • All images and text ©My Kitchen Craze

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy} ~ mykitchencraze.com

Here are a few other salad recipes you might like:

Italian Pasta Salad ~ www.mykitchencraze.com ~ This pasta salad can be served as a side dish or add some chicken and you have a meal!Italian Pasta Salad

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad ~ www.mykitchencraze.comTex-Mex Chicken Salad

Creamy Potato Salad ~ A traditional, delicious and tasty potato salad, that your family will love! ~ www.mykitchencraze.comCreamy Potato Salad

Other delicious skin recipes from blogger friends:

Chickpeas Kale and Quinoa Power Bowl by Cooking LSL

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