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Simple Summer Pasta Salad – Healthyish Foods

Simple Summer Pasta Salad

Need a quick and healthy side dish recipe? This simple summer pasta salad is the answer. Loaded with seasonal veggies, fresh herbs and a light healthy dressing, this pasta salad is a must try.
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  • 6-8 ounces orzo pasta, 2 - 2.5 cups cooked
  • 1 cup mini cucumbers , diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels , I grilled my corn but canned works too. Just be sure to drain it first.
  • 1 cup red bell peppers, diced
  • ¼ cup shallots , diced small
  • ¼ cup jalapeno , diced small
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes , sliced in halves
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley , chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes – optional


  • pasta pot
  • colander
  • mixing bowl


Prepare the pasta:

  • Boil the orzo according to the package. Al dente is best.
  • Drain off the water and set the orzo aside to cool.

Prepare the pasta salad:

  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, halved tomatoes, diced red bell peppers, diced cucumbers, corn kernels, diced shallots, diced jalapeno, chopped fresh parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss until well combined.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 452mg, Potassium: 353mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1339IU, Vitamin C: 54mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg