Simple Spring Green Pasta Salad Recipe

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses, Sides
spring pasta salad with asparagus, peas & parmesan

It’s officially March and we’re ready for seasonal spring salads! With so many healthy spring foods in season, recipes are bound to get lighter and brighter (and greener!). Our recipe developers have crafted the perfect spring pasta salad recipe that’s filled with flavor, fiber and fresh spring vegetables like asparagus, peas and watercress.

Serve up this Spring Green Pasta Salad on St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or any other day of the season! Featuring green peas, asparagus tips, watercress and a bright lemon dressing, it’s the ultimate side dish that your guests will adore. Use any shape of whole wheat pasta that you enjoy! We love it with rotini pasta but classic macaroni, penne or even orzo would also be a great option. A garnish of shaved parmesan cheese adds a touch of saltiness that completes this healthy pasta salad recipe.

One serving of this Spring Green Pasta recipe contains 165 calories. It counts as one SmartCarb, half of a PowerFuel and half of an Extra on the Nutrisystem program. Click here to log this recipe in the NuMi app! > Want to pump up the protein with another PowerFuel? Pair it with some baked chicken or fish for a full Flex meal.

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Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 165

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, ½ PowerFuel and ½ Extra

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pasta, dry
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ cup asparagus tips
  • ½ cup watercress
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat pot of water to a boil. Add in pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.
  2. One minute before the pasta is finished, add in green peas and asparagus tips. Cook for 1 minute. Drain and return to pot.
  3. Stir in watercress, lemon zest, olive oil and black pepper.
  4. Top with parmesan cheese.
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