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Lunchbox Pasta Salad

Lunchbox Pasta Salad 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Nourish Sep 1, 2016

This colorful, whole-grain pasta salad, chock-full of vegetables and fresh mozzarella cheese in an herb-garlic vinaigrette dressing, earns its name because of the way it holds up in a cooler pack, making it an ideal midday meal for toting to work or school.


Servings:
4

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Tested size: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces whole-grain fusilli pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup cooked, chilled, coarsely chopped broccoli
  • 6 ounces fresh, part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-to-1/2-inch dice

Directions

Cook the pasta al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain, then transfer it to a large bowl, toss with 1 teaspoon of the oil and allow it to cool completely.

Whisk together in a small bowl the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of olive oil, the vinegar, oregano, basil, garlic, salt and black pepper to form a dressing.

Add the bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, mozzarella and dressing to the pasta, and toss to combine.


Recipe Source

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Kara Elder.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 450


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 25mg 8%

Sodium: 590mg 25%

Total Carbohydrates: 47g 16%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 21g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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