Power Crunch Pasta Salad

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This Power Crunch Pasta Salad from Pasta Fits is fueled with superfoods like kale and chia. Make it ahead of time and pack it for a satisfying picnic lunch or an on-the-go dinner!

Power Crunch Pasta Salad

Ingredients

8 oz whole wheat penne
2 cups/1 1/4 oz. shredded kale, ribs removed
2 cups/4 oz. thinly sliced red cabbage
1 red apple, cored and finely sliced
1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup/1 oz. dried cranberries
1/4 cup/1 oz. natural sliced almonds
2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp. chia seeds

Creamy Yogurt-Herb Dressing:

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (“Mom” prefers organic)
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

Preparation

Cook penne according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain.

Toss together pasta, kale, cabbage, apple, carrot and cranberries.

To make Creamy Yogurt-Herb Dressing: Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, parsley, chives, vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well to coat. Sprinkle almonds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds over salad before serving.

Tips:

Add crumbled goat cheese if desired.
For added protein, add tofu, cooked shredded chicken or tuna.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Pasta Fits.*

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