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Basil Pasta and Ham Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

Makes

8 servings

With fresh basil and tomatoes in the dressing, this refreshing salad delightfully captures the flavor of summer.

Ingredients

  • TOMATO BASIL DRESSING:
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, basil, onions, oil, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until firm to the bite; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large salad bowl. Stir in the ham, olives and basil. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 186 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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