Chicken Pasta Salad
Low Calorie Pasta Salad
Do you have a craving for pasta, but worry that it will ruin your diet? Look no further! With this unbelievably delicious low-calorie pasta salad recipe, you can now satisfy your cravings without compromising on your diet. This recipe is made with fresh and wholesome ingredients and cooked with a variety of herbs, spices and sauces that makes it both healthy and delicious.
So if you are looking for a low-calorie, yet satisfying meal option to add to your diet routine, then this is the perfect dish for you. Not only is it super easy to make, but it also packs so many flavours that you'll forget it's a light dish!
What to put in a pasta salad?
When making a low-calorie pasta salad, it is important to include ingredients that are both nutritious and delicious. Start with a base of whole wheat or gluten-free pasta.
Alternatively, you could try our Skinny Food Co 4Kcal Penne Pasta, which is
then added to some fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, and olives. For added flavour and texture, you can also add in some cooked lean protein such as chicken or shrimp. Finally, top it off with a light and flavourful dressing such as olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs.
Our Skinny Food Co Garlic & Herb Dressing is absolutely perfect for this dish, it is a light dressing that packs a punch of flavours, and is also perfect for gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, vegan-friendly & sugar-free diets.
This combination of ingredients will ensure that your pasta salad is both nutritious and delicious. Plus, you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your own tastes and dietary needs.
Serves: 1 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Calories: 225Kcal Per Serving
- 1 packet Skinny Food Co 4Kcal Penne Pasta
- 30g cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 30g cup of cucumber, diced
- 30g cup of bell peppers, diced
- 30g cup of red onion, diced
- 30g cup of black olives, sliced
- 100g cooked lean protein (chicken or shrimp)
25g of Skinny Food Co Garlic & Herb Dressing
How to make pasta salad
1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, red onion and olives.
3. Add in the cooked lean protein of your choice.
4. Pour the Skinny Food Co Garlic & Herb Dressing over the pasta salad and mix until everything is evenly coated.
5. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy a very easily prepared lunch that you can take to work, eat at home or enjoy at any time.
Tuna Pasta Salad
Tuna pasta salad is a great way to add some extra protein and flavour to your low-calorie pasta salad. Start by adding a can of tuna, drained and flaked, to the cooked pasta. Then, mix in some diced celery, red onion, and bell peppers for crunch and flavour. For added zestiness, you can also add in some capers or olives alongside our delicious garlic & herb dressing, or our low-calorie virtually zero mayonnaise.
A tuna pasta salad can be a simple meal that takes minutes to make, an can be accompanied by additional sun-dried tomatoes, black pepper and goat's cheese for healthier versions of your favourite midweek meals made with simple ingredients.
How long does pasta salad last in the fridge?
Pasta salad can last up to 4 days in the fridge when stored properly. To ensure that your pasta salad stays fresh, make sure to store it in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated at all times, simply transfer it to your favourite salad bowl when you're ready to eat. Additionally, if you are using cooked protein such as chicken or shrimp, make sure to cook it thoroughly before adding it to the pasta salad. This will help prevent any food- borne illnesses.
To ensure your pasta salad lasts longer avoid using any cheeses such as feta cheese or mozzarella, as these will not last as long as your fresh salad vegetables.
Can you meal prep pasta salad?
Yes, you can meal-prep pasta salad. To do this, simply prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store them in separate airtight containers in the fridge. When you're ready to eat, simply combine all the ingredients together and add your dressing of choice. This is a great way to save time and ensure that you have a healthy meal ready for lunch or dinner, for those trying to lose weight or manage extra spending, a pasta salad is the perfect healthy recipe to boost your energy throughout the day.
What to serve with pasta salad?
Pasta salad is a great dish to serve as a side or main meal. It pairs well with many different dishes, such as grilled meats, fish, and vegetables. You can also add some crunchy croutons or nuts for extra texture. For a light lunch or dinner.