California Avocado Macaroni Summer Salad

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19 g
Total Fat
10 g
140 mg
670 mg


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


  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:

Calories 370
Total Fat 19 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 13 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Total Carbs 0 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Total Sugar 0 g
Protein 10 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 140 mg
Potassium 670 mg
*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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