Shrimp, Lemon, and Spinach Whole-grain Pasta Salad

Shrimp, Lemon, and Spinach Whole-grain Pasta SaladRecipe
Iain Bagwell
We lightened up this pasta salad by replacing the usual mayonnaise dressing with Greek-style low-fat yogurt, which has been strained so that it's thick and rich-tasting. Prep and Cook Time: 35 minutes.


Makes 8 to 10 servings as a side dish

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Nutritional Information

Calories 405
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Protein 23 g
Fat 12 g
Satfat 3 g
Carbohydrate 54 g
Fiber 10 g
Sodium 475 mg
Cholesterol 81 mg


12 ounces whole-grain rotini, rotelle, or fusilli pasta
1 pound (30 to 35 per lb.) peeled deveined shrimp, tails removed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
About 3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
1 1/4 cups low-fat plain Greek-style yogurt (or whole-milk plain yogurt)
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest


1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender to the bite, 9 to 12 minutes or according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, toss shrimp with 2 tbsp. olive oil, onion, garlic, 3/4 tsp. salt, chile flakes, and cumin; marinate at room temperature 10 minutes. Preheat a medium frying pan over medium heat, then add shrimp and marinade. Cook, stirring often, until shrimp are pink and firm, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, shrimp mixture, spinach, chickpeas, yogurt, mint, lemon juice, remaining oil, and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.