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This Greek pasta salad with Barilla Better for You pasta is a healthy spin on the classic side dish and filled with fresh veggies!

When it comes to the typical American BBQ/cookout/summer picnic, I honestly hate just about everything about them. Soda, pretzel and chip “appetizers”, flat as a pancake overcooked hamburgers and most of all, mayo laden pasta salads.

Mayonnaise is just gross. It’s not even about it’s health factor (or lack there of ), it’s just nastiness in a jar.

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And unfortunately, we think it’s a great idea to slather it all about perfectly good potatoes and pasta, shove it in plastic containers and call it a day.

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That’s just not how it should go down, people.

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So as we go into the last “official” summer cookout weekend of the year, let’s do that side some justice.

Let’s fill it with chunks of fresh tomatoes & cucumbers, season it up with dill & lemon and most importantly, leave the mayo in the fridge and grab the Greek yogurt instead. I did this with the classic creamy cucumber salad to give it a healthy spin and I’m doing it with this pasta salad too!

And since we’re getting all healthy, I loved using one of Barilla’s Better for You pasta options in this recipe. They use whole grains to ramp up the nutrition factor and you can easily find them in one of your local Ahold Brand Stores (Stop & Shop for me).

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I’m betting no one will be complaining that the deli mush container of the usual stuff is MIA.

Happy end of summer!

More Greek inspired recipes to try:
Greek Shrimp Skillet
Greek Brown Rice Bowls
Greek Stuffed Whole Red Snapper
Greek Potato Casserole

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Greek pasta salad with Barilla Better for You pasta is a healthy spin on the classic side dish and filled with fresh veggies!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Barilla Better For You Pasta (I used farfalle)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olive, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

Garnishes

  • dill
  • chopped green onions
  • feta crumbles

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and let cool.
  2. Combine cooled pasta in a large bowl with remaining ingredients and toss together until well mixed.
  3. Garnish the pasta with dill, green onions and/or feta cheese crumbles.
  4. Serve room temperature.

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Megan {Country Cleaver}

Wednesday 4th of September 2013

I'm still struggling with the end of summer - because Pasta salad shouldn't be relegated just to the summer months - I want it all year long! (Like Pumpkin— *flinches waiting for you to beat me*)

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