Nothing says summer like a healthy pasta salad packed with yummy, farm fresh vegetables. Pasta salad may be one of those foods that you don’t want to pick up premade from the store while pregnant since you won’t know all of the ingredients. Fear not though, here is a delicious, healthy, pregnancy-approved pasta salad recipe for your next summer barbecue!
8 ounces of whole-grain pasta, cooked and chilled
¼ red onion, chopped
¼ cup of fresh herbs of your choice (basil, thyme, tarragon, parsley)
5 cups total of the following veggies:
Green beans, blanched
Broccoli florets, blanched
Eggplant, cubed and sautéed in olive oil and salt
Bell peppers, chopped
Summer squash, cubed
Cherry tomatoes, halved
¾ cup of salad dressing of your choice (Italian, vinaigrette, Greek, etc.)
Salt and pepper
Combine cooked and cooled pasta with vegetables and dressing in a large bowl. Set in the refrigerator to cool a half hour prior to serving to blend flavors. Add salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese to taste.