Summer Pasta Salad with Baby Greens

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. 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

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz (about 4 cups) baby arugula and baby spinach mix
  • 5 oz gluten-free or wheat pasta
  • 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

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. When done, drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. 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 parmesan.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 5
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 169
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Sodium: 271mg
  • Carbohydrates: 29.5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 6g

Makes about 6 cups.