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Weight Watchers Pasta Salad with Sweet Potatoes

This fall salad makes a great side dish!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword weight watchers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 medium peeled sweet potato cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups tri-colored pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups broccoli chopped to about 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Poppy seed dressing
  • Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt plain
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Put the sweet potato pieces on the prepped baking sheet.
  3. Spray the sweet potatoes pieces with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes and them remove from oven and set aside to cool.

  5. Follow the pasta package directions and cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside to cool. 

  6. Pour the pasta into a large bowl. Add the roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and red onions to the bowl of pasta.

  7. To make the poppy seed dressing, in a small bowl, add yogurt, water, maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, poppy seeds, onion powder, salt and pepper; stir well with a whisk to combine.

  8. Pour in the poppy seed dressing and stir until ingredients are evenly coated.

  9. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.