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Italian Pasta Salad

Colored Spiral Pasta in Italian Pasta Salad

For a more hearty Italian pasta salad, add strips of ham, cooked red beans or sprinkle with grated cheese.

The National Pasta Association supports the dietary recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Guide Pyramid, which recommends eating six to 11 servings per day from the grain group. Diets built on a base of pasta, bread, cereal, and other grain-based foods tend to be low in fat.

Ingredients

4 cups pasta, cooked
2 cups blanched broccoli pieces
1 cup cooked carrot slices
1/2 cup red pepper strips
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 to 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing, light or reduced fat

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving.

Note: For a more hearty salad, add strips of cooked ham, a can of cooked red beans or sprinkle with grated cheese.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 8 servings.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 150; Total Fat: 2.5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 210mg; Carbohydrates: 27g; Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 5g

Nutrition Nibbles

  • Broccoli is the superhero of the vegetable kingdom with its rich vitamin A content.
  • Broccoli contains only 22 calories for one-half cup chopped and boiled and 12 calories for one-half cup raw.
  • Carrots are nutritional heroes, storing a gold mine of nutrients.
  • Carrots help protect the body from cellular damage. Carrots seem to cleanse the body of heavy metals, reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, and promote cardiovascular health.

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