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Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad

A great make-ahead entree, this lightened-up pasta salad is loaded with broccoli and peppers. Smoky ham and sweet raisins give it plenty of punch. Enjoy the leftovers for a fuss-free lunch. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.


5 servings, about 2 cups each

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes


Creamy Herbed Dressing

  • 1/2cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3tablespoons rice vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1tablespoon honey, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2teaspoons dried minced onion or dried chopped chives
  • 1 1/4teaspoons dried tarragon or dill
  • 1/2teaspoon onion salt or celery salt or 1/4 teaspoon of each
  • White pepper to taste


  • 3cups cooked whole-wheat fusilli or similar pasta (about 6 ounces dry)
  • 4cups chopped broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 large heads)
  • 1 1/2cups diced ham (8 ounces), preferably reduced-sodium
  • 1large red or yellow bell pepper (or a combination), diced
  • 1/4cup diced red onion, plus slices for garnish
  • 1/3cup raisins
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4cups spinach leaves
  • 1cup torn radicchio leaves


  1. To prepare dressing: Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, honey, onion (or chives), tarragon (or dill) and onion salt (and/or celery salt) in a bowl until well blended. Season with white pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.
  2. To prepare salad: Combine pasta, broccoli, ham, bell pepper, diced onion and raisins in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until evenly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate to blend the flavors for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
  3. Serve on a bed of spinach and radicchio, garnished with slices of red onion.


Prepare through Step 2, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 5 servings, about 2 cups each)

Calories 306kcal
Carbohydrate Total 46g
Added Sugars 4g
Fiber 6g
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 2g
Mono Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg
Sodium 838mg
Protein 19g
Potassium 696mg
Calcium 115mg
Chromium 2mcg
Folate 97mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 3mg
Vitamin B3 4mg

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