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Country Pasta Toss: Epic, Healthy Pasta Salad to Wow Everyone

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This country pasta toss blew me away! It was absolutely fantastic and everyone loved it! The only downside was the lack of leftovers!
Country Pasta Toss

This recipe may be the most simple BBQ recipe I’ve ever made! Everyone absolutely loved it and we all pigged out on it! While not the regular, traditional pasta salad, it is certainly a little bit healthier and just as tasty, if not more!

Country Pasta Toss Recipe

Country Pasta Toss: Epic, Healthy Pasta Salad to Wow Everyone @MyCraftyZooIngredients:

  • 3 c rotini pasta
  • 1 lb new potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 2 c broccoli florets
  • (peas or snow peas if desired)
  • olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp parsley (dried or fresh)
  • 2 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4-8 oz chopped ham
1.  Boil pasta, drain the pasta, set aside to cool. I tossed mine in a little olive oil and put it in the fridge while I prepared the rest of the ingredients.
2.  Steam potatoes and baby carrots for 5 minutes.
3.  Add in broccoli, steam for 2 more minutes.  (this is where you add peas)
4.  Add veggies to the tossed pasta with olive oil, add in the seasoning, stir.
5.  Serve and enjoy!  Very little guilt, this is super healthy!

Country Pasta Toss: Epic, Healthy Pasta Salad to Wow Everyone @Crafty_ZooA Tip & Some Other Sides

While you do not have to prepare it in advance, you absolutely can! In a fashion similar to our Broccoli Salad Surprise and Southern Macaroni Salad,  this can be made in advance if you’d like. It only gets better with a night or two in the fridge

One difference though, you don’t have to worry about it at picnics or BBQ’s quite as much since there is no mayo! Of course, that does not mean let it sit out for hours but I don’t have to tell you that!

Drinks that Go Perfectly!

You may also love our Almost Fresh Lemonade! It tastes almost exactly like fresh squeezed lemonade! If you aren’t a lemonade fan, you may love this Mock Sonic Strawberry Limeade recipe! That particular recipe is one of my favorites, plus it’s way less sugar and calories than those in the actual Sonic limeade!

Care to Share?

I would love to hear your thoughts and any changes you find fitting! I’m always trying to figure out new things and ways to mix up the old ones!


Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 12 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

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