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Spring Greek Pasta Salad

For a light meal, we toss rotini pasta with cucumber, zucchini and sweet peppers. Make this cucumber pasta salad into a main dish by adding grilled chicken. —Christine Schenher, Exeter, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups veggie rotini or other spiral pasta (about 12 ounces)
  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • SALAD:
  • 3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced pitted Greek olives, optional
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain well.
  • In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, vinegar, water, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in oregano.
  • In a large bowl, combine pasta, vegetables and, if desired, olives. Add vinaigrette and cheese; toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • There’s nothing like fresh pasta. The process may seem intimidating, but it’s actually very easy to do! All you need is a little time. To get a jump on it, make dough 2 to 3 days in advance and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll it out.
  • To keep pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot with plenty of water. Add a little cooking oil if desired (this also prevents boiling over).
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  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup (calculated without olives): 142 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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