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Pasta is the rich source of carbohydrates, most commonly banned from the diets of people who are trying to lose their weight. Many those on the low-carb diets are complaining about low energy and bad moods. The reason lies in the lack of glucose – the primary source of energy our body uses to function. When carbohydrates are broken down by our metabolic functions, they actually provide the body with a precious glucose. On the other hand, too many carbohydrates can be fattening, but cooked pasta itself has only around 200 calories. Combined with a healthy low-calorie sauce it makes a nutritious and healthy meal. Here are some great ideas for healthy pasta salads.

Three ideas for pasta salad

For an easy salad recipe, combine cooked pasta with low-fat mayonnaise, tuna and sweet corn kernels. Add salt and pepper. A bit of ketchup or tomato puree will balance the flavor. As an alternative for mayonnaise, one may use crème fraiche or yogurt.

Another great dish is prepared by mixing cooked pasta with crème fraiche or yogurt, chopped boiled egg, smoked salmon and capers. Add salt, pepper and curry to taste. This salad is great if served in a lettuce or chicory leaf.

The third recipe is quite simple; just add crème fraiche and chopped frankfurters and tomatoes. For more exotic taste, one may add finely drained pineapple chunks or broiled chopped onion.

Tips: salad recipes

The creative cook can often cook with any ingredients found in the kitchen. The good advice would be to experiment with ingredients, even with the food leftovers. For an eastern style dish, one may add fruits and nuts to the pasta, and in order to lessen the calorie count, one may use sour cream or yogurt instead of the mayonnaise. A little curry or chili powder will also help to boost the metabolism. Pasta may be combined with some lettuce or with another salad, to make a complete meal.

Tips: healthy salad recipes

To make a salad healthier, one should add lots of vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, or avocado. These are great source of vitamins and minerals, and still low on calories. Lean proteins from grilled chicken, canned tuna and grilled salmon or canned beans will add an extra flavor to the dish without adding extra fat or calories. Fresh herbs like rosemary, cilantro, thyme, dill or parsley will enrich the taste with delicious fresh flavors. Instead of a mayonnaise, one may use Dijon or whole grain mustard. It is lower in fat, calories, and rich in taste. Vinegar dressings are probably the healthiest solution. To make a simple one, one can mix olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing with herbs and spices.

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