Garden Vegetable and Ham Salad

An easy mustard dressing makes the perfect accompaniment to this satisfying pasta salad, with chunks of ham and bright, crunchy vegetables.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

Salad

4
cups uncooked small pasta shells (14 oz)
2
cups chopped cooked ham
2
cups chopped unpeeled cucumbers
1
cup finely chopped carrots
1/2
cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2
cup finely chopped green onions (8 medium)

Dressing

1 1/2
cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2
cup milk
1/4
cup Dijon mustard
2
tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/4
to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix remaining salad ingredients. In small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients until well blended.
  • 3 Add cooked pasta to salad. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Expert Tips

The secret to evenly cooked pasta that doesn't stick together is a large pot of continuously boiling water. Use a pot large enough for the pasta to move around freely, and keep the water boiling.

You can substitute chopped cooked turkey or chicken instead of the ham if you like.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
(
Calories from Fat
320),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
36%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
1150mg
1150%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%;
Vitamin C
35%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 7 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.