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Hungry Girl Today: 05.17.11
CHEW THE RIGHT THING


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HG's Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salad

Going Spiral

When this big bowl of Italian-style pasta salad is unveiled at your next BBQ or picnic, you'll be the only one who knows that it's low in calories. This recipe ROCKS...

Ingredients:
Salad
6 oz. (about 2 cups) uncooked rotini pasta with at least 4g fiber per 2-oz. serving
1 zucchini, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large cucumber, chopped
1 cup artichoke hearts packed in water, drained and chopped
1/2 cup roasted red peppers packed in water, drained and chopped
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup sliced black olives

Dressing
1/3 cup fat-free Italian dressing
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained, patted dry, finely chopped

Optional: salt and black pepper

Directions:
Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix until blended. Set aside.

Add all remaining salad ingredients to the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until completely chilled.

If you like, season to taste with salt and black pepper. Enjoy!

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/8th of recipe (1 heaping cup)
Calories: 124
Fat: 1.5g
Sat Fat: 0g
Sodium: 302mg
Carbs: 23.5g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 4.5g

PointsPlus® value 3*
SmartPoints® value 3*