This Easy Garden Pasta Salad is as colorful as the rainbow and simply delicious. It will impress family and requires less than 30 minutes to make, so dinner can be on the table in no time flat.
Use whole grain pasta for a hearty dose of fiber–up to 6 grams per serving!
Nutritional benefits of whole grain pastas
Whole grain or whole wheat pasta, such as spaghetti, is made from flour that contains the entire grain kernel, the germ, endosperm and bran. Whole grain pasta is rich in many nutrients essential for human health and is high in dietary fiber, which promotes regularity and may help lower cholesterol and aid in cancer prevention.
The Harvard School of Public Health reports that whole grains, such as whole grain pasta, contain compounds called phytoestrogens or plant estrogens. These substances may help to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers — particularly in conjunction with the minerals found in whole grains — such as copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese. — LiveStrong
Terrific side options would be a baked sweet potato, corn on the cob, crusty bread, or even grilled asparagus. Nothing says delicious and convenient like a fast, fresh, and easy pasta salad.
Other Great Salad Recipes
- 4 cup whole grain pasta, cooked spiral pasta prefered
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables corn, green peas, carrots, green beans, etc.
- 1/2 cup fresh red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup frozen baby lima beans
- 1 cup kidney beans, cooked
- 1/4 cup green onion, diced
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Dijion mustard
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1-1/2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic I used the jarred
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse pasta with cool water. Even though I used penne pasta in these photos, I have since determined that my favorite for this recipe is spiral pasta.
Defrost the frozen vegetables by placing in a colander and running warm water over them.
In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients: pasta, beans, and veggies.
To make dressing, in a small bowl, mix all the ingredients and whisk together.
Pour dressing over salad and stir gently. Adjust seasoning to your taste preferences. Serve and eat!