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. 

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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.

Servings: 8 -10

Pasta Salad {Lite & Healthy}

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

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)
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Instructions

  • Make pasta according to package instructions. Drain and run cold water over pasta. Place in a large bowl.
  • 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.
  • Stir in tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and bell pepper with the pasta. Mix well.
  • Add the greek yogurt mixture and mix well.
  • Refrigerate pasta salad for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature.

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

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