Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad

Yield: 10 Servings

  • 1 (16-oz.) container low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 (16-oz.) package penne pasta
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 1 (9.9-oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Process first 7 ingredients in a food processor 30 seconds or until thoroughly blended. Transfer to a bowl, and cover and chill 1 to 24 hours.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Place cooled pasta in a large bowl. Stir in olives and next 3 ingredients until well blended. Add yogurt mixture, and stir just until well coated. Gently stir in feta cheese. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix

Recipe from Cooking Light/Laura Zapalowski, November 2008
 
Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross

Yield: 2-1/2 cups (Servings size: 2 Tablespoons)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 225°.
  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in pecans. Combine sugar, salt, and pepper. Add to pecan mixture; toss well. Spread mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 225° for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; cool completely. Stir in cranberries.

Note: Store in an airtight container for up to one week.