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Neptune Pasta Salad

Categories: Entertaining, Pasta Dishes, Quick to fix
Type: Salads

This colorful salad calls for tricolor rotini, fresh broccoli, and crab meat.

Serves: 5 servings


  • 8 ounces tricolor rotini pasta (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cooked crab meat or shrimp (about 10 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup matchstick-sized pieces red bell pepper
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup nonfat or reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup bottled nonfat or reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano, or 3/4 teaspoon dried

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  1. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. About 1 minute before the pasta is done, add the broccoli, and cook until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  2. Place the pasta mixture in a large bowl. Add the crab meat or shrimp, red pepper, and scallions, and toss to mix.
  3. Place the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to mix. Pour the dressing over the pasta, and toss to mix well.
  4. Cover the salad, and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Toss in a little more mayonnaise just before serving if the salad seems too dry.
  • For variety, substitute fresh asparagus pieces for the broccoli.

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Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright � 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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