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Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad

This Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad is a simple cold pasta salad with a light Italian dressing, turkey pepperoni, fresh vegetables and two different kind of cheeses-Perfect for summer BBQ’s, a large crowd, potlucks!

Servings: 12 ( 3/4 cup) servings/

GREEN: 6 Smartpoints per serving

BLUE:6 Smartpoints per serving

PURPLE: 2 SmartPoints per serving if using whole wheat macaroni or 6 Smartpoints per serving if using regular macaroni 

 

Be sure to check out these low point potluck salads as well:

Zero Point Egg Salad

Zero Point Fruit Salad

Raspberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

Big Mac Salad

Skinny BBQ Chicken Salad

 

To begin making this Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad by cooking the macaroni according to the package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. 

Place in a large mixing bowl; add fat free or light Italian dressing.

Add diced olives, scallions, turkey pepperoni, Colby cheese, diced red pepper, and grape tomatoes. 

In a small mixing bowl combine, non fat Greek or plain yogurt, and dry Italian dressing mix. Whisk until well incorporated.

Pour yogurt dressing mixture over the pasta mixture. Stir until all ingredients have been well combined.

Cover bowl and chill for 8 hours or best chilled overnight at allow all the flavors to blend. Toss again before serving and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

Garnish with pepperoncini’s, if desired. 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. macaroni pasta, dry ( I use Barilla Ditalini Pasta for the macaroni) or 100% whole wheat macaroni- if following WW PURPLE plan 
  • 3 light Colby cheese sticks, diced into small cubes
  • 25 turkey pepperoni, diced into quarters 
  • 1 ( 4 oz.) can olives, drained, rinsed, and diced
  • 8 Tbsp fat free Italian dressing ( I use Olive Garden’s light Italian dressing) 
  • 1 ( 1 oz.) dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain or Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, diced in half
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 scallions, diced 
  • 6 Pepperoncini, optional 

Directions:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. Place in a large mixing bowl; add light or fat free Italian dressing; add diced olives, pepperoni, scallions, Colby cheese, diced red pepper, and grape tomatoes. 
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine, non fat Greek or plain yogurt, and dry Italian dressing mix. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Pour yogurt dressing mixture over the pasta mixture. Stir until all ingredients have been well combined. 
  4. Cover bowl and chill for 8 hours or best chilled overnight at allow all the flavors to blend. Toss again before serving and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Garnish with pepperoncini’s, if desired. 

Servings: 12 ( 3/4 cup) servings/

GREEN: 6 Smartpoints per serving

BLUE:6 Smartpoints per serving

PURPLE: 2 SmartPoints per serving if using whole wheat macaroni or 6 Smartpoints per serving if using regular macaroni 

 

Notes: I love Olive Garden’s light Italian dressing it is 1 SmartPoint per 2 Tablespoons and tastes fantastic. You can find it at most grocery stores in the dressing aisle or online here on Amazon. 

Yield: 12

Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad

Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad

This Lightened Up Italian Pasta Salad is a simple cold pasta salad with a light Italian dressing, turkey pepperoni, fresh vegetables and two different kind of cheeses-Perfect for summer BBQ’s, a large crowd, potlucks! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Macaroni pasta, dry ( I use Barilla Ditalini Pasta ) or 100% whole wheat macaroni if following the WW purple plan
  • 3 reduced fat Colby cheese sticks, diced into small cubes
  • 25 turkey pepperoni, diced into quarters
  • 1 ( 4 oz.) can olives, drained, rinsed, and diced
  • 8 Tbsp fat free or light Italian dressing ( I use Olive Garden’s light Italian dressing)
  • 1 ( 1 oz.) dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, diced in half
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • 6 Pepperoncini, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. Place in a large mixing bowl; add fat free or light Italian dressing; add diced olives, scallions, pepperoni, Colby cheese, diced red pepper, and grape tomatoes. 
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine, non fat Greek or plain yogurt, and dry Italian dressing mix. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Pour yogurt dressing mixture over the pasta mixture. Stir until all ingredients have been well combined. 
  4. Cover bowl and chill for 8 hours or best chilled overnight at allow all the flavors to blend. Toss again before serving and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Garnish with pepperoncini, if desired. 

Servings: 12 ( 3/4 cup) servings:

GREEN: 6 Smartpoints per serving

BLUE: 6 Smartpoints per serving

PURPLE: 2 SmartPoints per serving if using whole wheat macaroni or 6 Smartpoints per serving if using regular macaroni 

Notes

  1. I love Olive Garden's light Italian dressing. It is 1 SmartPoint per 2 Tablespoons and tastes fantastic. You can find it at most grocery stores in the dressing aisle or online here on Amazon. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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Mandy

Sunday 26th of May 2019

I made this this weeeknd for the first time and it was a huge hit! I added some chopped up lettuce, to make it more salad like. Will certainly have this on my rotation to make this summer! Thank you

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Irene

Sunday 12th of May 2019

You say Olive Garden's Fat Free Dressing but in the directions you say dry packet of Italian dressing mix. Could you clear that up. Thanks

Lindsay Kehl

Sunday 12th of May 2019

Hi Irene,

For this recipe you would use 1 dry package of Italian dressing mix along with 8 tbsp. of fat free or light liquid Italian dressing.

Hope that clarifies any confusion.

Thanks

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