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Healthy Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

This quick summer side dish has a creamy sauce WITHOUT mayonnaise! The dressing is made with Greek yogurt and avocado for a protein-packed, superfood rich pasta salad your whole family will love, and it comes together in minutes!

Healthy Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

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I was reallyreallyreally proud of myself with this pasta salad because I tricked my other half into eating something he swears he hates : avocado.

This win was almost as good as the avocado frosting he loved. Almost.

So here’s how it goes: I super love pasta salad and so does everyone I know. I make it and bring it along with me to most get-togethers, usually upon request, and my normal dressing is made with vinegar and honey and is goo-ooooo-oood. Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but … yeah.

Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

Anyways, sometimes I want a creamy pasta salad but here’s the thing: I’m not much on mayonnaise. Working in a sandwich shop in high school totally ruined the mayo-factor for me after I served way too many mayonnaise sandwiches with a little bit of ham. Ewww.

Awhile back I made over tuna casserole with Greek yogurt and was majorly in love with the results, so I decided that Greek yogurt is not only my breakfast almost every day, but is also my new miracle makeover food. Plus it’s got this tang thing happening that is straight up outstanding. For this dressing I only used 3 things, plus a little salt and crushed red pepper flakes:

  • Greek yogurt
  • avocado
  • lime juice

That’s it. I swear.

Pasta Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing and No Mayo

You end up with this perfectly creamy HEALTHY dressing that binds like mayo but tastes like fresh, delicious, nutrient-packed awesomeness with a hint of lime. Which worked out really perfectly because June is Dairy Month!

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Healthy Creamy Summer Pasta Salad
 
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A simple, delicious, creamy pasta salad that uses no mayo! Greek yogurt and avocado make a perfect, nutrient-packed dressing on a protein-rich summer side dish.
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces small pasta (I used orecchiette)
  • 1 cup shelled edamame (I used frozen, thawed)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup sweet corn kernals
  • For the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ a ripe avocado
  • juice of ½ a lime (about 2 teaspoons)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional; to taste)
  • kosher salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions for al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain the cold water. Pour the pasta in a large bowl.
  2. Toss the pasta with the edamame, red bell pepper, and corn.
  3. In a smaller dish mix together the Greek yogurt and avocado. You will have to smash up the avocado, so I usually use a fork to smash/stir. When the mixture is creamy and smooth, squeeze in the lime juice. Stir.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies in the bowl. Stir to coat.
  5. Add salt and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.

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