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Healthy Pasta Salad Recipes: Creamy Macaroni Salad and More

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06.19.15
 

It's almost summer, a.k.a. pasta salad season! Whip up one or two of these rockin' recipes, and prepare to be the most popular person at the potluck…

 
 

Hungry Girl's Creamy Dreamy Macaroni SaladCreamy Dreamy Macaroni Salad
1/8th of recipe (about 1 cup): 144 calories, 3.5g fat, 341mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

The name of the recipe pretty much says it all -- creamy, dreamy, and all-around awesome. (Okay, it doesn't say the awesome part... Just trust us on that one.) If you're looking for a classic macaroni salad to serve at (or bring to) a cookout, this is your dish!



Hungry Girl's BBQ Veggie Pasta SaladBBQ Veggie Pasta Salad
1/6th of recipe (about 1 cup): 147 calories, 2.5g fat, 285mg sodium, 27g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Unconventional yet amazing! This BBQ-ranch pasta salad is super-sized with grilled veggies and flavored with feta cheese. It's a complete crowd-pleaser...




Hungry Girl's MediterraneYUM Pasta Salad MediterraneYUM Pasta Salad
1/2 of recipe (about 2 1/4 cups): 315 calories, 5g fat, 746mg sodium, 45g carbs, 5g fiber, 10g sugars, 23.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8* 

Speaking of veggies and feta, this recipe is like the love child of pasta salad and Greek salad. The chicken gives it a huge protein boost. We developed this one as a full-on meal, but feel free to enjoy it as a side dish. Have 1/4th of the recipe (about 1 cup) for 158 calories and 2.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 4*).

 

Hungry Girl's Picnic Perfect Pasta Salad Picnic-Perfect Pasta Salad
1/8th of recipe (about 1 heaping cup): 124 calories, 1.5g fat, 302mg sodium, 23.5 carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 4.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Here's an HG-ified take on another classic: Italian-style pasta salad. Spirally noodles? Check! Loads of veggies (tomato, zucchini, bell pepper, cucumber, roasted red peppers, and artichokes)? Check! Olives? Check! Italian dressing? Of course! The only thing that's not classic is the low calorie count. Dig in…

 

Hungry Girl's Sweet & Spicy Tuna Pasta Salad

Sweet & Spicy Tuna Pasta Salad
1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups): 250 calories, 3.5g fat, 602mg sodium, 42.5g carbs, 9g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

 Is there anywhere tuna doesn't taste good? This protein-loaded pasta salad is filled with flavorful flaked tuna, courtesy of our pal StarKist Charlie. The jicama makes it extra special... 



Hungry Girl's Veggie-Packed Antipasto Pasta Salad Veggie-Packed Antipasto Pasta Salad

1/4th of recipe (about 3 cups): 298 calories, 7g fat, 635mg sodium, 48.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8* 

Have your pepperoni and eat it too... This quirky Italian-esque pasta salad combines the deliciousness of meat, cheese, dressing, and pasta, plus a massive amount of veggies for a huge portion size. Have a whole serving as a meal, or serve this up as a side dish: 1/8th of the recipe (about 1 1/2 cups) has 149 calories and 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 4*).



Hungry Girl's Zucchini-Ribbon Salad Zucchini-Ribbon Salad

1/4th of recipe (about 1 cup): 79 calories, 3g fat, 285mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

This one takes the "pasta" out of "pasta salad"… Zucchini is a surprisingly amazing swap for noodles! The fantastic flavor of this lightened-up recipe will make you forget that pasta ever existed. (Well, at least temporarily.)

 

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