Ham and Pasta Salad

Portion Size: 1 ½ cups (approx. 3 oz. meat, ½ c. pasta and ½ c. vegetables)

Ingredients: Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients Notes: 
1 (16 oz.) package dried pastaMay use whole grain pasta
2 pounds cooked lean ham, dicedTrim all visible fat
2 cups peas 
2 cups carrots, dicedWash, peel and dice
8 green onions, slicedWash and trim
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
½ cup low fat creamy cucumber dressingor Ranch dressing
1 teaspoon dill
4 medium tomatoesWashed, trimmed, and sliced
1 red, green or yellow pepper, (optional)Washed, trimmed and diced
Lettuce leavesWash and trim
For gluten free (GF): Use GF pasta and GF dressing.  Always check each ingredient to be sure it is gluten free.


Steps:Directions: Critical Control Point /Quality Assurance
1Cook pasta according to package directions. 
2Drain pasta. Rinse with cold water and drain again.
3In small mixing bowl stir together yogurt, dressing and dill. 
4Pour yogurt mixture over pasta and vegetable mixture. Toss until well coated.
5In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, peas and carrots, ham, yogurt, dressing, dill and green onions.
6Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
7To serve, arrange the tomato slices, lettuce lined salad plates
8Stir the pasta mixture and divide mixture among plates
9Garnish with green peppers. Serve cold.

Jacqueline Larson M.S., R.D.N. and Associates