The Best Pasta Salad Recipe {LOW CALORIE}

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

The best pasta salad recipe can be made gluten free, and it is vegan! Making this yummy pasta salad great for everyone.

In this article you will learn how to make pasta salad recipes healthy and low calories, thanks to the low calorie pasta salad dressing and extra veggies.

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

We make this pasta salad recipe easy by including a printable recipe card, shopping list, nutrition label and more.

The best pasta salad recipes (in our opinion) are packed full of flavor, veggies, and homemade dressing. This is our favorite pasta salad recipe, and we think it will quickly become your favorite as well.

This best pasta salad recipe is just 114 calories!

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

Whether you are making a pasta salad bowl for a party, or individual pasta salad cups, this pasta salad is delicious and easy.

In this article you will learn what is in a pasta salad, help you find good pasta salad recipes for healthy eating, and even find the best pasta for pasta salad.

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

In the recipe card below you will find everything in one place, along with two yummy pastas salad recipes. You can scroll down to the printable recipe card, or go through the shopping list and helpful “how to” guide first.

What You’ll Find in this Article:

  • Pasta Salad Ingredients List (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Pasta Salad
  • The Best Pasta Salad Recipe (recipe card!)
  • Nutrition and Calories in Pasta Salad

In the next section you will learn what to put in pasta salad in the shopping list for pasta salad recipes. You can screenshot it to your phone so you have it the next time you go grocery shopping.

These great pasta salad recipes come with a low calorie pasta salad recipe, and a low calorie pasta salad dressing.

Up next, a shopping list for pasta salad recipes…

Pasta Salad Ingredients List

We make this pasta salad delicious and healthy with a homemade dressing and lots of yummy veggies.

These tasty pasta salad recipes make this recipe for pasta salad just 114 calories per 1/2 cup! Making it a great side dish… or double (or triple) for healthy pasta salads for dinner, yum!

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

You can find measurements for this pasta salad ingredients list in the recipe card below. There you can choose how much of the best pasta salad recipe you want to make, and the recipe card will do all the measurement math for you!

Shopping List for Pasta Salad:

Pasta Salad:

  • Tri-color rotini pasta (or gluten free)
  • Grape tomatoes 
  • Cucumber 
  • Red bell pepper
  • Black and/or green olives
  • Red onion

Pasta Salad Dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Special Tip: Screenshot this shopping list on your phone so you have it at your fingertips the next time you go to the store.

Now that you know what is in a pasta salad, let’s move onto how to make pasta salad healthy and low calories.

Up next, how to make pasta salad recipes…

How to Make Pasta Salad

This easy pasta noodle salad is great for potlucks and meal prep. At just 114 calories per serving it makes a great side dish, or double (or triple) the serving size to enjoy the best pasta salad recipe for dinner.

This make ahead meal is so easy to make… Here you will find a helpful “how to” guide to take all the guesswork out of making healthy pasta salad recipes.

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

You can find these directions for the best pasta salad recipe in the recipe card below… There you will also find measurements and nutrition.

How to Make Pasta Salad:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions to al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, add all of the Pasta Salad Dressing ingredients together in a bowl or jar. Whisk or (if using a jar) cover and shake well.
  3. Drain the pasta, rice with cold water and set aside to cool completely.
  4. Add the pasta to a large bowl, add tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, cucumber, and red onion.
  5. Pour dressing over and toss together until everything is coated in dressing.
  6. Cover and chill at least 30 -60 minutes before serving. Add 2 tablespoons of water and toss together again before serving (the pasta will have stacked up the dressing).

These tasty pasta salad recipes are so flavorful, no one will know they are eating healthy!

Now that you have everything you’ll need to make our favorite pasta salad recipe, let’s move onto the sharable recipe card…

This 114 calorie pasta salad recipe is easy to make and a crowd pleaser! Check out the recipe card below…

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

This yummy pasta salad can be made gluten-free, and is vegan. Making this noodle salad great for everyone!

You can share this recipe card to your Pinterest boards or email it to yourself and your friends for quick referencing.

In the next section you will find a nutrition label and further down, more low calorie recipes…

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe

The Best Pasta Salad Recipe {LOW CALORIE}

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This is the best pasta salad recipe for people looking to cut calories without sacrificing flavor. Learn how to make a pasta salad healthy, gluten free, even vegan!
Good pasta salad recipes have loads of flavor, this one is packed with flavorful ingredients so no one will know they are eating healthy!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cooling Time: 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15 servings
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pasta Salad:

  • 1 (12 oz box) tri-color rotini pasta (or gluten free)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 cups cucumber chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup black and/or green olives sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion

Pasta Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions to al dente.
  • Meanwhile, add all of the Pasta Salad Dressing ingredients together in a bowl or jar. Whisk or (if using a jar) cover and shake well.
  • Drain the pasta, rice with cold water and set aside to cool completely.
  • Add the pasta to a large bowl, add tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, cucumber, and red onion.
  • Pour dressing over and toss together until everything is coated in dressing.
  • Cover and chill at least 30 -60 minutes before serving. Add 2 tablespoons of water and toss together again before serving (the pasta will have stacked up the dressing).

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 19.4gProtein: 3.4gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 2.2gCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pasta, Side Dish
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Up next, nutrition and calories in pasta salad…

Nutrition and Calories in Pasta Salad

Not all pasta salads are made the same way. Most are packed full of fat, calories and carbs. But our low calorie recipe is just 114 calories per serving!

You can double or triple this recipe and serve it as a dinner recipe.

In the next section you will find more low calories recipes… keep scrolling!

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