Lunch Box Pasta Salad

  • Lunch Box Pasta Salad is sure to be put into regular rotation in your home, once you give it a try.

    Lunch Box Pasta Salad is sure to be put into regular rotation in your home, once you give it a try. Goran Kosanovic/The Washington Post

 
Posted9/13/2016 6:00 AM

8 ounces whole-grain fusilli pasta

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 small clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced

½ pint grape tomatoes, quartered

1 cup cooked, chilled, coarsely chopped broccoli

6 ounces fresh, part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into ¼- to ½-inch dice

Cook the pasta al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain, then transfer it to a large bowl, toss with 1 teaspoon of the oil and allow it to cool completely.

Whisk together in a small bowl the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of olive oil, the vinegar, oregano, basil, garlic, salt and black pepper to form a dressing. Add the bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, mozzarella and dressing to the pasta, and toss to combine.

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Serves 4

Nutrition | Per serving: 450 calories, 21 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates, 21 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 590 mg sodium, 7 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugar

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger

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