Skip the heavy dressings and make a healthier salad by flavoring it with olives and basil. Use fresh garden vegetables as a base for this perfect picnic salad.

Garden Pasta Salad
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups whole-wheat rotini, (6 ounces)
  2. ⅓ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  3. ⅓ cup low-fat plain yogurt
  4. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, or lemon juice
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. ⅛ teaspoon salt
  8. 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  9. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  10. 1 cup diced yellow or red bell pepper, (1 small)
  11. 1 cup grated carrots, (2-4 carrots)
  12. ½ cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
  13. ½ cup chopped scallions, (4 scallions)
  14. ⅓ cup slivered fresh basil
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Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta, occasionally stirring, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold running water.
  2. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, oil, vinegar (or lemon juice), garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, scallions, olives and basil; toss to coat well.
  3. Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Notes
  1. Nutrition Information
  2. • Serving size: 1 cup
  3. • Per serving: 217 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 30 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 32 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 4,338 IU vitamin A; 39 mg vitamin C; 70 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 267 mg sodium; 272 mg potassium
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