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Zesty Potluck Pasta Salad

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 14
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Love to bring home an empty bowl from potlucks? Here's a crowd-size pasta pleaser that almost guarantees an empty bowl. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

2
boxes Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Salad® classic pasta salad mix
3
cups frozen broccoli florets
2/3
cup Italian dressing
1/3
cup cold water
2
cups cut-up cooked chicken or ham
1 1/2
cups halved grape tomatoes

Steps

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  • 1
    Empty contents of pasta pouch (from salad mix) into 3-quart saucepan 2/3 full of boiling water. Gently boil uncovered 12 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding broccoli during last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir contents of seasoning mix packet (from salad mix), the dressing and cold water until blended; set aside.
  • 3
    Drain pasta with broccoli; rinse with cold water. Shake to drain well. Stir pasta with broccoli, chicken and tomatoes into dressing mixture. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving.

Expert Tips

Make it your own. Stir in cubed cheese, chopped red or green bell pepper or sliced ripe olives with the chicken.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1/2g
3%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
6%
Sodium
660mg
27%
Potassium
230mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
24g
8%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
4g
Protein
10g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
When you're having a party in the summer, the heat is always a factor.

But never more so then when it comes to food. Spoilage is such a danger, and you want to do whatever you can to avoid it. After all, no one wants to be known as the host of the party where everyone got food poisoning, right?

That’s why salad recipes without mayo are perfect for summer parties. Losing the mayo reduces the worry and risk of spoilage. They taste great, so everyone will rave about your cooking. Sounds like a good menu decision, right?

Here are some delicious mayo-free summer salad recipes perfect for your next summer party:

Zesty Potluck Pasta Salad (Featured below) – This simple summer salad is easy to make and gets a nice kick from fresh tomatoes and Italian dressing.

Greek Salad – A nicely dressed tossed salad is always a crowd pleaser. This one has a lovely Greek-inspired feel and is dressed with a fab lemon vinaigrette.

Jicama-Citrus Salad – Oranges, grapefruits and jicama combine in a fab citrus dressing for this lovely, refreshing salad.

Tarragon Potato Salad – Just because you are skipping the mayo doesn’t mean you have to skip the potato salad. This one features fresh green beans and is dressed with a tarragon dressing.

There's also a great collection of pasta salad recipes on Tablespoon. Just make sure to find those that don't require mayo for dressing.

Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

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