Salads | November 7, 2018

Healthy Pasta Salad

In need of a fresh, healthy pasta salad with a light tangy dressing? WHO ISN’T?! Its the perfect party salad, perfect dinner side, lunch with friends? This healthy pasta salad will be your new favorite dish. I promise!

This post is sponsored by BRIANNAS but all opinions are our own!

healthy bow tie pasta and champagne dressing

Easy fresh pasta salad

This salad literally throws together in minutes, and takes only a few ingredients. You will need

  1. fresh spinach
  2. cherry tomatoes
  3. ripe avocado
  4. cooked pasta
  5. BRIANNAS Champagne Vinaigrette

two bowls of healthy bow tie pasta with bamboo silverware

How to make healthy pasta salad

Step one: cook your bowtie pasta according to the package directions. I always follow the boiling time on the package- it leaves you with the perfect al dente pasta! You do not want soggy pasta for this.

PRO-TIP: Cook your pasta ahead of time and place in the fridge so it is nice and chilled and ready to throw together in minutes before your party or dinner.

drained pasta in colander

Step 2:  Slice your cherry tomatoes in half and dice or slice your avocado.

cut tomatoes, avocado, feta and fresh spincach and champagne dressing

Step 3: Place everything in a big bowl together and drizzle BRIANNAS Champagne Vinaigrette dressing over the salad. Then gently toss!

PRO-TIP: Don’t pour the dressing over too far in advance of your meal. 30 minutes or so if fine, but too much longer the spinach leaves will become wilted.

dressing being poured over salad

What salad dressing do I use for healthy  pasta salad?

There is only one salad dressing to use with this salad hands down. BRIANNAS Champagne Vinaigrette pairs so perfectly with these flavors and textures it’s a must have!! This champagne vinaigrette has a smooth, savory, tangy flavor that compliments the feta, crunchy spinach and juicy tomatoes. Add the creamy avocado and you have a home run!

bottle of champagne vinaigrette

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5 from 2 votes
bow tie pasta in bow with sliced avocado
Healthy pasta salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Delicious, easy, 5-ingredient healthy pasta salad is perfect for dinner side or fresh lunch! Creamy avocado, pasta, spinach and tangy champagne dressing!

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy pasta salad, pasta salad
Servings: 11
Calories: 32 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1 Box bow-tie pasta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3/4 cup feta Cheese
  • 1 large Avocado diced
  • 1/2 bottle BRIANNAS Champagne vinaigrette
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 large handfuls of baby spinach chopped if desired
Instructions
  1. Cook bowtie pasta and let chill in refrigerator
  2. Slice tomatoes into quarter or halves

  3. Dice avocado
  4. Measure out feta cheese
  5. Combine all ingredients
  6. Add 1/2 bottle dressing
  7. Mix ingredients together
  8. Add Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Serve chilled
Recipe Notes

If you want to make this salad a head of time you can combine all ingredients except the dressing and keep chilled in fridge. Mix dressing right before serving into bowl. 

Nutrition Facts
Healthy pasta salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 32 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Potassium 65mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 7.5%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    1. Hi Ann! I usually let it cool and then add my dressing and chill it in the refrigerator. That way the dressing has time to flavor the pasta, but olive oil would do the trick as well. Maybe just 1/2 a teaspoon or so. Hope you like it!

  1. I have been using Girard’s Champange dressing for year and you are right, it is the best! The feta would really be the hero of this salad for me. Looks like a great labor day fixin’!