Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad
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A healthy pasta salad recipe that actually tastes good!

You’ll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy!  Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad recipe will be your new favorite summer side dish. Perfect for cookouts, pot-lucks and summer barbecues!

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

We love pasta at our house, especially pasta salad in the warm summer months.  It makes for a fantastic side-dish to fried chicken or anything that is coming off the grill, like burgers, brats, steaks, chops and chicken.  This healthy pasta salad recipe is a nice alternative to other mayo-heavy macaroni and pasta salads.  My Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad is made with a much lighter dressing, using plain Greek yogurt and light sour cream.  As far as I’m concerned this dressing is fantastic!  You won’t miss the heavy mayo, and the light, creamy dressing that coats the pasta and vegetables is perfect. When paired with the pasta, and fresh, crisp vegetables this healthy pasta salad will be your new summer salad favorite!

Here are the simple steps to creating this simple, healthy pasta salad:

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

Step 1: Cook the pasta and Chop Vegetables

In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package directions.  If you cannot find orecchiette pasta, feel free to use shell pasta or any other medium noodle.  Cook the pasta to al-dente, drain and let it set to cool to room temperature, rinsing with cold water.

While the pasta is cooling, begin chopping the vegetables, and placing in a large mixing bowl.  Fresh garden vegetables are something that we always had plenty of while I was a kid.  Growing up in rural South Dakota, my mom, aunts and grandma always planted big, fruitful gardens which tended to supply the community with endless amounts of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more.  The cucumbers, yellow and green peppers, tomatoes, and green onions add excellent texture and crunch to the salad.  I also included fresh dill to give the salad some additional flavor and freshness.

Cut all veggies into small bite-sized pieces.  Once all of the veggies are cut, add the cooled pasta, and gently toss the ingredients together.

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

 Step 2: Mix the dressing

Once you’re finished cutting the veggies, and the pasta is still coming to room temperature, you can now mix together the dressing.  Combine the plain Greek yogurt, light sour cream, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Whisk together and then pour over the pasta and veggies.  Toss the salad well to coat all of the pasta and vegetables.

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

Step 3: Chill the Salad Before Serving

Chilling the salad is not imperative, but refrigerating for about an hour before serving really helps the salad come together.  The dressing will lightly marinate the ingredients and the veggies and pasta will become nice and cold, which is what every great summer salad needs to be extra amazing!

Make this salad, and share it at your next summer potluck, cookout or backyard party.  People will definitely be asking you for the recipe!

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

Here’s a quick reference shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need for this fantastic pasta salad recipe:

  • Oricchiette pasta, or any other medium pasta
  • Plain, Greek yogurt
  • Light Sour Cream
  • White Vinegar
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh Dill
  • Cucumber
  • Green and Yellow Bell Peppers (1 medium pepper each)
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Green Onions

Here’s the easy, delicious recipe for my Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad:

Yields 8

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

15 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) package of orecchiette pasta or other shell-shaped pasta
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 (7 oz) container of Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. light sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium sauce pan with water, and 1 tsp salt and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Add a few ice cubes to cool the pasta. Let pasta sit in sink to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, chop and add the cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and onions. Toss together with the cooled pasta.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, garlic salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the chopped dill. Pour over the vegetables and pasta, and stir until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with a few extra sprigs of fresh dill. Serve right away. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Salad and Side
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https://delightfulemade.com/2015/06/17/garden-vegetable-pasta-salad/

 This pasta salad comes together quickly and easily, and makes for an excellent side for just about any summer meal.

Enjoy summer, everyone!  ~Erin

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You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy! Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish!

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Comments

  1. This salad looks wonderful! Especially when I can use fresh veggies from my garden. :-)
  2. Wow! That pasta salad looks delicious! I love the fresh veggies! It seems like the perfect side dish for that yummy fried chicken! #client
  3. Nice summer salad!
  4. We'd love to have you share this with our readers at the Summer Salads party. http://intelligentdomestications.com/2015/05/summer-salads-linky-party.html
  5. Marge Sharp says:
    I make a pasta salad with any and all fresh veggies I can get dressed with light italian salad dressing (I make my own). My family loves it! I am going to try your dressing it sounds delish.
  6. I made this and it was really good. I had some left over, so my question is, how do I refresh it?...more tomatoes, sour cream, yogurt... The pasta has absorbed a lot of the sauce.
    • Yes, I agree. Once you refrigerate it, much of the creaminess is absorbed by the pasta. Here's what works for me - add 2 Tbsp each of white vinegar, sour cream, and whisk together until smooth. Pour over the salad, and gently stir together. Hope this helps second time around. Enjoy ~ Erin
  7. Looks soooo tasty. However, white pasta is the nutritional equivalent of sugar! Sad to say, it is a simple carb. So, omit the sour cream, salt and garlic salt, and substitute whole wheat pasta and this would be a really healthy dish.
  8. That salad looks absolutely yummy, I know what I am making with dinner tomorrow night
  9. Looks so yummy! I'm so happy spring is here! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon!
  10. Oh wow, does this ever look fabulous! What a great recipe - especially for summer picnics! Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop). Wishing you a lovely evening. xoxo
  11. Yum! What a great way to have you pasta salad and feel good about it! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!
  12. Your salad is gorgeous! I love them when they're filled with veggies and not glopped with heavy dressing! Thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday! Mollie
  13. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. - Emily
  14. That salad looks good!! (and so does the chicken!) Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Sunday Link up!
  15. This so looks just so light and lovely! Can't wait to try it, pinning to my Recipes board!
  16. That looks like a yummy side for that chicken. Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy link party!
  17. I never thought to use orechette for pasta salad, but it is perfect with the vegetables. Thanks for partying with us on #TastyTuesdays.
  18. Wow! This looks amazing!! Perfect summertime side dish :) Blessings, Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com
  19. We love pasta salad and I just recently started using the Orecchiette pasta, it is so harder, works really well in a salad with chunky vegetables. Thank you for sharing on #OMHGFF, Pinned Hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!
  20. I love a good pasta salad and this one looks really yummy! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!
  21. I love the fact that this is a healthier pasta salad. I will definitely be trying it soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
  22. What a beautiful salad, Erin!! A classic, but better! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday! Mollie

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