Pasta Salad with Kefir, Peas & Cheese
Why I Love This Recipe
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.
Ingredients You'll Need
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)
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.