From my house Trader Joe’s isn’t a convenient trip to the grocery store, but it’s well worth the dollars in gas to buy their Harvest Grain Pasta. It’s a fun combination of Israeli style couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa.
Don’t think this is another recipe for a company that sent me products. Trader Joe’s didn’t send me their pasta for this easy pasta salad recipe, I discovered this delightful combination of grains all by myself. Every time I shop at that store I find something new to try.
To bolster my pasta recipe with colorful nutrition, I added a bowl full of finely chopped red onion, zucchini and tomatoes, then tossed it with a simple dressing.
Healthy cooking tip . . .
If you’d like to shave a few calories from this dish, leave the pepitas and Parmesan in bowls on the side and let folks help themselves. This salad has enough crunch and flavor to be satisfying served without them.
Happy, healthy cooking!
Serves 10 – 3/4 cup servings
- 16 ounces Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend or orzo, cooked according to package directions,
- 1 medium zucchini, chopped into small pieces
- 2 cups tomato, chopped in small pieces
- ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup basil, sliced into small ribbons
- ¼ cup pepitas, toasted
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Cook pasta according to package directions and allow to cool.
- Combine zucchini, tomatoes and red onion.
- Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil in a bowl and then toss with pasta.
- Combine pasta and vegetables, then add pepitas and Parmesan cheese.
- Chill for 30 minutes and serve.
Nutrition Per Serving:
Food energy: 260kcal, Weight Watchers PointsPlus 7
Saturated fatty acids: 1.39g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 4.65g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.31g
Total fat: 8.36g
Calories from fat: 75
Carbohydrate, by difference: 37.97g
Total dietary fiber: 0.93g
Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to me that I provide you with accurate information.