Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Pasta Salad with Walnuts, Blue Cheese & Arugula
I’ve been meaning to post this delicious WW recipe for Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Arugula, which made the cover of a recent Weight Watchers Weekly, for a while now.
As soon as I saw it I had a feeling I would love it.
The Skinny on Blue Cheese Pasta Salad with Walnuts & Arugula
Filled with many of my favorite ingredients (pasta, arugula, blue cheese, grape tomatoes and walnuts), this is everything I want in a salad – easy to make, pretty to look at, and delicious to eat.
And I was right. Fresh and delicious, I have a feeling this Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Arugula will become a lunch and dinner staple for me this spring and summer.
It is such a great reminder of how tasty and satisfying salads you make yourself at home can be when you get creative and show them a little love. This recipe is definitely a keeper in my book.
I made a couple of minor changes, substituting chopped scallions for the chives and using spiral pasta (fusilli) instead of bowties (farfalle). A little chopped cooked chicken or turkey would be a nice addition too.
According to my calculations, each serving has about 272 calories, *7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Cooking Notes for Making This Pasta Salad
Be sure to reserve at least 1 tablespoon of the pasta cooking water for the dressing, before draining the pasta.
To make the dressing: in a cup or small bowl stir together the vinegar, oil, reserved tablespoon of pasta cooking water, and salt and pepper.
To toast the walnuts: Place the walnuts in a small, heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium-high heat. Toast the nuts, shaking the skillet frequently, about 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant Remove nuts from the skillet and set aside.
If you are using mature arugula leaves, chop and add them to the pasta for 1 to 2 minutes at the end of the cooking time to blanch them. Drain the pasta and arugula, and proceed with the recipe.
If you enjoy this pasta salad recipe with blue cheese, walnuts & arugula, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers Friendly recipes including Orzo Vegetable Salad, Pasta Salad with Ham & Peas, Trisha Yearwood Orzo Pasta Salad Made WW Friendly, Healthy Satay Chicken Pasta Salad and Classic Macaroni Salad Made Lighter
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Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Arugula
- 6 ounces uncooked pasta, such as bow-ties, penne, or fusilli
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups baby arugula leaves, stems removed
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled
- Cook the pasta, according to package directions, until tender. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the pasta cooking water for the dressing below, before draining the pasta.
- While you are waiting for the water to boil and cook the pasta, toast the nuts: Place the walnuts in a small, heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium-high heat. Toast the nuts, shaking the skillet frequently, about 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant Remove nuts from the skillet and set aside.
- Drain the pasta well and place it in a large serving bowl. Immediately add the arugula and toss well. Cover the bowl with a lid or tight fitting plastic wrap and set aside until the arugula is limp, about 5 minutes. Stir in the scallions and tomatoes.
- To make the dressing, in a cup or small bowl stir together the vinegar, oil, reserved tablespoon of pasta cooking water, and salt and pepper.
- Pour dressing over the pasta salad and toss well; sprinkle with blue cheese and toasted chopped walnuts.
Recipe Source: Slightly Adapted from Weight Watchers
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Pasta Salad Recipes
- How to Make Healthier Pasta Salads (Simple Nourished Living)
- Loaded Pasta Salad (Dashing Dish)
- Tuna Pasta Salad (LaaLoosh)
- Tomato, Basil and Smoked Mozzarella Salad (Weight Watchers)
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