I love making this mayo-less pasta salad with arugula, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a splash of balsamic and oil. It's great for lunch or dinner, and has a healthy serving of baby greens. In the summer, when tomatoes are at their sweetest, I replace the sun dried tomatoes with fresh tomatoes from my garden.
I usually have this for dinner on those warmer nights when I want a meatless meal or just something light, and because it has pasta in it, I feel full and satisfied after I eat it. The portions are pretty large for under 200 calories (only 5 WW points plus). This also makes a great side dish if you reduce the portions when you're grilling up some burgers or chicken.
Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens
Servings: 4 • Size: about 1 1/2 cups • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 5
Calories: 169 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 29.5 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 271 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 2 mg
- 3 oz (about 4 cups) baby arugula and baby spinach mix
- 5 oz high fiber or whole wheat pasta (use brown rice pasta for GF)
- 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced thin
- 2 tbsp capers, drained
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and fresh pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. When done, drain and rinse under cold water.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, baby greens, sun dried tomatoes, capers, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss well then just before serving top with fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.
Makes about 6 cups.