PASTA SALAD WITH KEFIR, PEAS & CHEESE

 

  • Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta shells
  • 1 ½ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb fresh or frozen peas (thawed)
  • 6 green onions
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • ½ lb white cheese (or feta)

Directions

  • Cook the pasta shells in salted water until al dente. Drain and while it begins to cool, make the dressing and prep additional ingredients.
  • In a blender, combine kefir, olive oil, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper and 1 cup of the peas. Blend until smooth and pale green.
  • Chop the green onions into thin slices. Stack the mint leaves and slice crosswise into thin ribbons. Dice the cheese into ¼ inch cubes or crumble if using feta.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, dressing, green onions, mint, cheese and remaining peas and stir to combine. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight before serving. If the pasta absorbs the dressing, add more kefir before serving.

Notes

I love recipes with healthy substitutes. Cut the mayo out of pasta salad and give it a healthy, tangy twist with kefir and some fresh peas for a fresh take on a classic.

Categories: Pasta  Savory  Side Dish 

Website Credit: http://lifeway.net/Community/Blog/tabid/266/EntryId/517/Default.aspx

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