Cold Pasta Salad

Cold Pasta Salad
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A cookout just isn’t the same without mom’s pasta salad, and NFL linebacker Dont’a Hightower would agree! The cold pasta salad recipe from Dont’a Hightower’s mother stands out because she uses whole wheat spaghetti noodles. ADA nutrition team member Shamera Robinson, RD, applauds this approach. "Adding whole grains into your recipes is a simple way to bump up your fiber intake. To give it a boost, we increased the fiber even more by doubling the chopped veggies."

“[I] definitely need whole grains to keep myself fueled, especially during workouts and the season. I enjoy mixing quinoa and brown rice into meals whenever I can to complement the protein,” says Hightower.

  • Prep time
    20 min
  • Servings
    12 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 cup pasta salad
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

12 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 cup pasta salad
  • Amount per serving Calories 220

  • Total Fat 5g
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 510mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 40g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 5g
  • Protein 7g
  • Potassium 220mg
  • Phosphorus 150mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Fat, 1 Nonstarchy vegetable



  • cucumber(s) (chopped)
  • green bell pepper (chopped)
  • grape or cherry tomatoes (halved)
    2 cup
  • black olives (sliced, 4.25 oz, drained)
    1 can
  • McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Seasoning
    1/4 cup
  • light Italian salad dressing
    1/2 cup
  • light French salad dressing
    1/2 cup
  • dry whole wheat spaghetti
    1 lbs


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box.

  2. While pasta is cooking, chop up all of the vegetables.

  3. Drain pasta and mix with the chopped vegetables.

  4. Add both dressings and salad supreme seasoning, and mix until combined.

  5. Chill and serve.

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    It was easy. If you don't include the pasta, it's even easier. It refrigerates well for leftovers. Although I didn't care for it, hubby liked it.