Summer Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe

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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!

How To Make Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

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A refreshing salad dish to cool you down during the warm climate.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
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  • 1 box whole-wheat penne
  • 1 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup carrot, grated
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts, sliced
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced (or fresh halved grape tomatoes)
  • 1 can black olives
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fat-free Italian dressing, optional
  • salt and pepper , to taste


  1. Cook the pasta as directed on the box and drain.
  2. Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the peas, carrots, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (and Italian dressing if desired) and mix.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Can be eaten cold or at room temperature.
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  • Calcium: 31mg
  • Calories: 162kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 174mg
  • Protein: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 747mg
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 1357IU
  • Vitamin C: 7mg
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