What to Eat Wednesday: Perfect Pasta Salad

Delicious and good for you! This pasta salad is the perfect summer side dishSummer is all about barbeques and even a super carnivore can appreciate the great sides at such an event.  Next time you're grilling, try this light, delicious pasta salad recipe that will please the diabetic in your family (and the rest of your crew, as well!)

Italian Pasta Salad (courtesy of Diabetic Living)

Ingredients

4 ounces dried whole wheat rotini pasta, dried whole grain penne pasta or dried bow tie pasta (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed

1/2 cup chopped red sweet pepper

1/4 cup shredded fresh basil

2 tablespoons pitted nicoise olives or pitted ripe olives, quartered

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/8 teaspoon salt

Dash ground black pepper

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the sugar snap peas for the last 1 minute of cooking. Drain well. Rinse well with cold water; drain again. In a large bowl, combine pasta mixture, sweet pepper, basil, and olives. Set aside.

2. For dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well. Pour dressing over pasta and vegetables; toss gently to combine. Makes 6 (1/2-cup) servings.

Warm weather can make it tough for diabetics to stay in control of their diets—I mean, who can resist an ice cream cone on a 90-degree day—so as the temperatures rise, it’s more important than ever to find healthy recipes that will calm those cravings. For more information on maintaining your diabetic health, including a comprehensive foot exam, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!
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