Quick Lime Basil Pasta Salad

Struggling to come up with quick and healthy dinner ideas that won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed? Look no further than this delicious quick lime basil pasta salad dinner. With just a few simple ingredients and an easy-to-follow process, you can whip up a satisfying meal in no time, even on the busiest of weeknights. Plus, this recipe is perfect for those who are always on the go and need something easy to make that can be enjoyed as leftovers later in the week. So, whether you’re short on time or just looking for a hassle-free meal option, this quick lime basil pasta salad is sure to please.

Lime-Basil Pasta Salad

A simple, healthy pasta salad that's done before the pasta boils
Servings 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 220g (8 oz) pasta I like fusili
  • ½ medium bell pepper
  • ½ medium red onion
  • ½ avocado
  • 100g (3.5 oz) cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ sprig parsley


  • 20g (1 tbsp) mayo
  • 100g (5 tbsp) Greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dry basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ lime juiced
  • 2 pinches MSG optional


  • Start by placing a bot of water with salt to boil for the pasta
  • While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the vegetables:
    – cube the bell pepper
    – dice the red onion
    – dice the avocado
    – cut the cherry tomatoes in half
    – finely dice the parsley.
  • When the water starts to boil, add the fusilli pasta and overcook it by 3 more minutes then the package says
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, dry basil, salt, lime juice, and the MSG.
  • Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain it and spread it out on a sheet pan to cool off quickly.
    Add the pasta over the prepared vegetables
    Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables, and mix well.
    Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
Calories: 536kcal
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, pasta, Quick & Easy

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Cooked & written with ❤️ by Alex Pricop.