by Olena

Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad with Vegetables

by Olena

Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad Recipe with brown rice pasta, corn, tomatoes, avocado and Greek yogurt dressing make this cold pasta salad healthy, creamy and delicious. | ifoodreal.com

Summer is here and I still don’t understand when did it happen. Did you?! It means BBQ, swimming and fresh produce. Over the next few months I will be posting many summer recipes for the grill and salads. I already have a few tested out by my peeps and can’t wait to add them to your Clean Eating menu. They are so simple, fresh and delicious! I’m super excited because it’s truly my first year of summer food blogging.

I haven’t had pasta salad for ages but that is officially over. Creamy pasta salad without adding mayo is possible! Usually pairing Greek yogurt with a little bit of cider vinegar, salt and pepper makes a delicious, healthy and creamy salad dressing. I used it for making shrimp avocado tomato salad. But for this cold pasta salad I just used plain Greek yogurt. I found an abundance of avocado, grape tomatoes and corn was enough to make this Greek yogurt pasta salad delicious and creamy, even the next day.

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Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad Recipe with brown rice pasta, corn, tomatoes, avocado and Greek yogurt dressing make this cold pasta salad healthy, creamy and delicious. | ifoodreal.com

Don’t get me wrong, an occasional tablespoon or two of organic mayo is totally fine. The only problem is a few tablespoons won’t make a pasta salad creamy. As a kid I was raised on mayo dressed salads in abundance. It’s a staple in Ukrainian/Russian cooking up until this day. I’m not a fan, for obvious reasons. Organic Greek yogurt it is then.

Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad Recipe with brown rice pasta, corn, tomatoes, avocado and Greek yogurt dressing make this cold pasta salad healthy, creamy and delicious. | ifoodreal.com

This veggie loaded pasta salad is extremely easy. You even don’t have to whisk the dressing in a separate bowl. I highly recommend to use small shape brown rice pasta which is affordable and widely available. I’m not following a gluten free diet but using this pasta made the salad lighter. Brown rice pasta feels like eating brown rice without eating pasta.:) Cook pasta al dente – firm to the touch and holding its shape. Whole wheat pasta would work too.

Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad Recipe with brown rice pasta, corn, tomatoes, avocado and Greek yogurt dressing make this cold pasta salad healthy, creamy and delicious. | ifoodreal.com

We had this Greek yogurt pasta salad with grilled chicken on the patio the other night. Boys loved it and asked for seconds. This pasta goes really well with anything – steak, fish, poultry. Highly versatile and a great summer BBQ food. Enjoy!

Looking for more easy summer dishes? Check out my tomato feta pasta salad, shrimp orzo salad or dive in to a collection of 40+ healthy potluck recipes.

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Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad with Vegetables

Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad Recipe with brown rice pasta, corn, tomatoes, avocado and Greek yogurt dressing make this cold pasta salad healthy, creamy and delicious.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/2 cup brown rice (whole wheat) any small shape pasta, dry
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (2% and above fat)
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 large green onion sprig, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt + a pinch
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as per package instructions with a pinch of salt. Pasta should be al dente and I always undercook it by a few minutes. My brown rice pasta took 7 minutes and then I drained it and rinsed with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and gently mix. Adjust salt to taste. No need to whisk the Greek yogurt dressing in a separate bowl. I also added minced clove of garlic one time. Serve Greek yogurt pasta salad cold.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days.

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  1. You are right….summer is here and I have to be seen in a bathing suit… yikes! That’s why I need lots of recipes like this please.

    Love the corn, avocado and grape tomato mix, and no, I don’t think I’ll miss the mayo (don’t even like it really) I like like you will add grilled chicken.