Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

Summer Picnic Pasta Salad


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A wholesome pasta salad jam-packed with healthy vegetables and flavor- always a hit at every BBQ I bring it to! This is the perfect addition to the Picnic Pasta Salad recipe contest because it's delicious and it's good for you!

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

10 servings


  • 1 box whole-wheat penne
  • 1 C. frozen (or fresh) peas
  • 1/2 C. grated carrot
  • 1/2 C. artichoke hearts, sliced
  • 1/4 C. sun-dried tomatoes, diced (or fresh halved grape tomatoes)
  • 1 sm. can sliced black olives
  • 3-5 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. fat-free Italian dressing (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Cook the pasta as directed on the box and drain. Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the peas, carrots, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (and Italian dressing if desired) and mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be eaten cold or at room temperature.

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