Easy SCD Pasta Salad
This SCD Pasta Salad delivers in both flavor and simple preparation– and it packs a powerful protein punch to boot!
Happy Sunday! This recipe is a take on my mom’s super easy and incredibly delicious cold pasta salad. I want to tell you before we get started that I’m not a huge fan of the sweet deli-style variety which is heavy on the Miracle Whip. (I apologize to any Miracle Whip loyals–my grandmother actually loved it!!) A touch of sweetness never hurts and balances the acidity in the dressing, but when it becomes cloying, the flavors of the veggies are lost—that being said, if you love added sweetness, you can just increase the amount of honey in the dressing to suit your taste, I won’t tell! 😉
You can choose any pasta shape your heart desires, we chose this scd-friendly lentil rotini, but they also have macaroni and penne should you prefer. And the toppings are totally up to you!! This dressing is very light in flavor when mingled with the pasta, so whatever toppings you choose will be highlighted. We love chicken and shrimp just as well as the ham– and broccoli in place of the peas is also a winner! **If you love lentil pasta, check out our deliciously cheesy scd pasta bake!
All in all, this is a wonderful, simple dish to whip up for packed lunches, dinner sides or a main entree and there is plenty for leftovers-I love a dish I can eat throughout the week! Enjoy The Recipe!😊
Easy SCD Pasta Salad
- Total Time: about 30 min
- Yield: 6-8 1x
- 1 box Tolerant Lentil Rotini Pasta (*for advanced SCD, see top of post for details)
- 15 grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/3 red onion, diced
- 3/4 cup sliced ham (salt cured, no additives) or chicken, salmon, etc.
- 1/2 cup (or more if you like) frozen peas
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded (optional, omit for dairy-free)
- Italian parsley for garnish
- **add chopped celery for some crunch if desired
Dressing (*If you already have Italian dressing on hand, just mix 1/3 of a cup with the mayo).
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1.5 tbsp vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tiny drizzle of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1 little pinch of paprika
- 1/3 cup SCD-friendly Mayonnaise or homemade
- salt + pepper to taste (if you use salted garlic/onion powders, be aware you will need less salt-taste first).
- Bring about 6 quarts of water to a boil
- While your water is coming to a boil, go ahead and make your dressing: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and honey. Add powdered onion, garlic, paprika and Italian Seasoning and whisk again. Spoon in mayo and blend again until smooth. Take a quick taste-if you find it under-seasoned add salt to desired taste. Set aside.
- Add your pasta to the boiling water and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick together.
- Drain pasta well then add it into a large bowl. Pour dressing over top of hot pasta and toss. Add frozen peas, (they do not need defrosting-the warm pasta brings them to the right temp) onions, ham and tomatoes. Toss again. (Add additional salt and cracked pepper if desired to taste).
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours until nice and chilled. Sprinkle parmesan over top and serve with parsley. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 7 min (Plus water boiling)
Keywords: grainfree, glutenfree, scd, specific carbohydrate diet, dairy-free, pasta salad, lunch recipes, easy dinner, packed lunch
Going to put this together today—- love the combination of ingredients, the ease to make, and the variety of uses!
Aww thank you Annie, I hope you love it!! Always so thankful for your support! 😀
This pasta salad looks so delicious!! I love how simple it is. I will definitely be making this for my family barbecue’s. Beautiful photos!!
Thank you so much, dear Natalie! I hope you guys will love the recipe, it really is such a cinch to make!! 😀
How delicious this looks! I love pasta salad. So relieved your recipe doesn’t involve miracle whip 😀 This is definitely a smart lunch time idea!
Aww haha thank you my friend!! I really tried when I was young, but I could never get into the Miracle Whip, so crazy sweet!! 😉
Love your scd recipes this was quite good.
Hi Ellen! Thank you so much for your kind review, delighted you’re enjoying our recipes!! 😀
We actually eat lentil pasta more than we eat regular pasta! For no specific reason other than my kids will happily eat it and I feel better about giving it to them (and me). This pasta salad is a great use of lentil pasta! I bet the leftovers taste even better! 🙂
Thank you so much Katherine! You’re so right, the leftovers really are even more flavorful, so yummy! And that’s wonderful that your kids don’t notice the difference, it really is such a healthy alternative to wheat pasta. 😀
I thought lentil flour (what is used to make lentil pasta) is illegal for SCD diets. How is this recipe SCD?
Hi thanks so much for your comment, initially lentil pasta made only from lentils was considered advanced SCD friendly. There are now some conflicting reports and we are considering adding some information to the post and recipe this week to note this, especially for those just starting out on the SCD Diet. We definitely don’t want anyone to experience and negative reactions. Thanks again for raising this question.
I just found a pasta made with 100% yellow peas called zenb spaghetti. Would that work for SCD? #newbie
Hi, the ZenB pasta looks great, love that it’s made only of peas and no additives! 😀 Seems like a great alternative to the lentil pasta for this recipe. I would test it out to see how it works for you. It’s good to keep things simple when beginning with SCD and add in nuts and pasta as tolerated so you can weed out anything that might cause any sensitivity. Hope you love the pasta and the recipe.
Hi, I am looking for the SCD lentils pasta, but the link takes me to a general page. Would you post the brand and name of the pasta? Do you know if the lentils were soaked and is actually SCD legal?
Also what’s the ham you are using, haven’t been able to find any that is SCD legal.
Hi there! Barilla Red Lentil Pasta is now available in most grocery stores and the brand we linked here was to Tolerant Green Lentil Pasta, I’ll update that link, thank you for letting me know about that. For the ham, Jone’s Dairy Farm makes a ham with no nitrates, or sugar. You can bake it with honey if you like a sweeter taste. The lentil pastas are not presoaked and lentils in general are for advanced SCD. There is currently conflicting evidence and differences of opinion on whether lentil pasta, even just 1 ingredient lentil pasta, may be problematic for some. It works for us and so we’re still offering the recipe as SCD unless it’s decided it’s illegal. I hope you love the pasta and that it works for you if you decide to try it. 🙂