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Low Sodium Pasta Salad Recipe (No Salt Added)

This Low Sodium Pasta Salad recipe is a great make ahead side dish, with crunchy vegetables, noodles, & a bright fresh no-salt dressing. My family recipe for Balsamic Dressing is below for a flavorful and herby dressing made without salt.

This hearty pasta salad is packed with vegetables and great for an appetizer, a light lunch, or a side dish with anything off the grill. This is one crowd pleaser pasta salad that everyone will want seconds of!

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There’s nothing better than a big batch of pasta salad for a cookout and BBQ! Whether I’m hosting or heading over to a friend’s place, I always try to make something that I can cook ahead of time. That way I get myself ready day-of, and grab the dish on my way out the door.

This simple no salt pasta salad takes about 20 minutes to make, and is so much more impressive than a store-bought salad. You can make your own no-salt dressing which takes only minutes. Either way, this is a simple fresh salad everyone will want to dig into.

This Low Sodium Pasta Salad Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Crunchy
  • Salt-Free
  • Tangy
  • Vibrant
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Colorful

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A Great Make-Ahead Italian Pasta Salad for Entertaining

This low sodium Italian pasta salad recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of. This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event.

If I make this ahead of time, I toss the pasta salad with a little extra dressing before serving for extra flavor. A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love!  Check out my other make ahead meals too.

What’s In This Low Sodium Italian Pasta Salad Recipe?

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How Do I Make this Salt Free Pasta Salad?

  1. Boil a large pot of water, and cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop them cooking. Place drained cooled noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Prep and chop the vegetables.  Add the veggies to the bowl with the pasta.
  3. Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar, and shake well to combine.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies, and toss well to coat. Add fresh parsley.
  5. For leftovers – I like to take a quart sized mason jar, fill half with pasta salad, and half with fresh spinach and enjoy for a quick and easy lunch!

Eat Seasonal with This Year-Round Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe

This low salt vegetable pasta salad is a great way to get in some seasonal fresh produce – no matter what the season!  It’s versatile enough to enjoy year-round. Summer time means loads of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, but this is great with avocado, vegetables, and even apples in the winter. Combine all these amazing fresh ingredients into this healthy and delicious pasta salad. And add in some fresh chopped garlic for a little extra flavor!

More Low Sodium Side Dishes For Your Next Cookout or BBQ!

Green Goddess Hummus Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)
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Get the Same Ingredients I Use in My Low Sodium Pasta Side Dish without Salt!

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As always, if you make this low sodium pasta salad recipe be sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me @lowsorecipes on Instagram so I can feature you.  I love seeing all your photos of recipe recreations!

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Low Sodium Pasta Salad

This Low Sodium Pasta Salad recipe is a great make ahead side dish, with crunchy vegetables, noodles, bright fresh no salt dressing. My family recipe for balsamic Dressing is below for a flavorful and herby dressing made without salt. This hearty pasta salad is packed with vegetables and great for an appetizer, a light lunch, or a side dish with anything off the grill. This is one crowd pleaser pasta salad that everyone will want seconds of!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 367 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Pasta Salad

  • 1 12 ounce box penne pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped

For the No Salt Italian Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning spice blend of thyme rosemary, parsley, oregano, garlic
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Boil a large pot of water, and cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse noodles under cold water to stop them cooking. Place drained cooled noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  • Dice the avocado, tomatoes, and chop the basil and spinach.  Add the veggies to the bowl with the pasta.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar, and shake well to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies, and toss well to coat. Add fresh parsley.
  • For leftovers - I like to take a quart sized mason jar, fill half with pasta salad, and half with fresh spinach and enjoy for a quick and easy lunch!

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Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 7gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 419mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1113IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to confirm amounts.

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