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Healthy Pasta Salad with Mushrooms and Herbs

Healthy Pasta Salad

From Italy
This easy healthy pasta salad can be enjoyed cold or hot, as starter or main dish - it will always taste delightful!

The dried Italian spices and the fresh parsley give it great flavor, and the colorful vegetables add a whole range of nutrients to this healthy whole wheat pasta salad.

Mushrooms are the only plant food with natural vitamin D and the bellpeppers provide important antioxidants to this dish, so dig in for a second helping!

Serves: 4 / Ready in: 40 minutes / Calories per serving (5 oz): 300

Great for: heart healthy, low cholesterol, vegan

Ingredients for the healthy pasta salad:

  • 1 lb (1 packet) whole wheat fusili, penne, or farfalle pasta
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 small bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow), seeded and cut into small stripes
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Boil the pasta in salt water until it still has a little bite. Switch off the heat, drain it, and rinse under cold water (note that pasta should only be rinsed if you make a cold salad like this one). Drain well again after rinsing.
  2. Place the pasta into a bowl and put aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat and add the garlic. Let it sauté for 1 minute and then add the mushrooms. After another 2 minutes, add the olives with their soaking water, bell peppers, oregano and thyme. Let it all sauté for about 3 minutes and switch off the heat.
  4. Add the mushroom mix to the pasta and mix well to combine.
  5. Prepare the dressing: Combine Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir well. Then poor it over the pasta and toss it well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Toss your pasta salad again before serving.

Go back to top of Healthy Pasta Salad page or take a look at our Oriental Lental Salad.