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Creamy pasta salad with chives, dill, and tomatoes tossed with lemon dressing

Healthy Creamy Pasta Salad

Healthy Creamy Pasta Salad with tomatoes, herbs, peas, and a lemony, creamy dressing. My go-to vegetarian pasta salad takes 30 minutes to make and is perfect for entertaining. 
Course 30 Minutes, Salad/Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 330kcal


  • Large stock pot
  • Mixing bowls


  • 1 lb. curly-shaped pasta (such as fusilli or gemelli)
  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup frozen/thawed green peas
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 3 to 4 oz. can sliced black olives
  • 3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (sub sour cream or whole-milk Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, plus 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)


  • Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • While the pasta cooks, prepare the dressing by combining mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Stir with a whisk until smooth.
  • To the bowl with pasta, add remaining pasta salad ingredients: tomatoes, green peas, red onion, celery, olives, chives, and dill. Pour dressing overtop and toss to combine. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until later use.



MAKE AHEAD: This pasta salad can be made up to 3 days in advance, however will need to be dressed twice. (The noodles will soak up some of the dressing after being refrigerated.) Prepare another HALF batch of dressing to mix in right before serving. 
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: This pasta salad goes well with just about anything! For example, anything hot off the grill, like burgers, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, or veggie burgers. Additionally, it's a great match for panini's (or any homemade sandwich), baked fish, pulled pork sandwiches, or shrimp kebobs.


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 427mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g