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California Avocado Macaroni Summer Salad

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Total Time:

25min

Cook Time:

10min

Prep Time:

15min

Nutritional Highlights (per serving)

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370
Calories
19 g
Total Fat
10 g
Dietary Fiber
10 g
Protein
140 mg
Sodium

Ingredients

Serves: 8
cups  dried whole wheat blend macaroni
  ripe, fresh California avocados, halved, peeled and seeded
1/2  cup  low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/4  cup  fresh basil, packed
1/4  cup  fresh mint, packed
Tbsp.  Extra virgin olive oil
Tbsp.  lemon juice, divided
tsp.  lemon zest
  small clove garlic
1/2  tsp.  kosher salt
1/4  tsp.  black pepper
pt.  grape tomatoes, halved
cup  fresh corn kernels (or frozen and thawed)
  As needed  Basil and mint, chopped (garnish)

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, place an avocado half in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the yogurt, basil, mint, olive oil, two-thirds of the lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper and process until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Cool completely. Stir the dressing into the pasta until well combined. Meanwhile, cut the remaining avocados into 3/4-inch dice. Gently stir into the pasta with the tomatoes, corn and the remaining lemon juice.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with additional chopped herbs, and serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Copyright © 2013, Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD: MealMakeoverMoms.com

NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 370
Total Fat 19 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 13 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 mg
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Protein 10 g
Total Carbs 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 140 mg
Potassium 670 mg
Total Sugar 0 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Liz Weiss

Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD

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