Healthy Make-Ahead Lunch Recipes: Antipasto Salad, Fruity Tuna Salad

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The lunch break is generally a very special time in one's workday. So why shouldn't you have very special lunches? These make-ahead recipes are perfect!

Veggie-Packed Antipasto Pasta Salad

1/4th of recipe (about 3 cups): 298 calories, 7g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 635mg sodium, 48.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 15g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 6*
SmartPoints® value 7*

We gave traditional antipasto flavors a modern makeover, complete with the nutritional powerhouse known as kale. Future classic, people!

6 oz. (about 2 cups) uncooked high-fiber rotini pasta
2 cups finely chopped kale
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
2 cups quartered mushrooms
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup light Italian dressing
16 slices turkey pepperoni, quartered
2 sticks light string cheese, cut into coins
1/4 cup sliced jarred pepperoncini (drained)

Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to an extra-large bowl.

Add all ingredients to the bowl, and toss to mix. 

Serve it up! (Cover and refrigerate leftovers.)


Fruity Tuna Salad

Entire recipe: 275 calories, 8g total fat (1g sat fat) 477mg sodium, 33g carbs, 6g fiber, 22.5g sugars, 21g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 5*
SmartPoints® value 6*

Fruit, veggies, and tuna are all great for you, but did you know they taste great together in one dish? It's true! This is one of our best tuna salads EVER.

One 2.6-oz. pouch albacore tuna in water
1/4 cup chopped apple
1/4 cup halved red seedless grapes
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
2 tbsp. sweetened dried cranberries
1 1/2 tbsp. light mayonnaise
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
Optional: low-fat or fat-free balsamic vinaigrette

In a medium container with a lid, combine all ingredients except lettuce and vinaigrette. Mix well.

Just before eating, top lettuce with tuna mixture. Drizzle with vinaigrette, if you like!


Hungry for More?

Click here for two more packable lunch recipes -- our Grilled 'n Chilled Sandwich and MediterraneYUM Pasta Salad.

Need some packed-lunch pointers? Here are our top tips, plus more recipe suggestions!

And for grab-n-go recommendations plus solutions to at-work lunch conundrums, click and read!


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