December 21

Xmas Pasta Salad


Xmas Pasta Salad

We all love it, but I always feel a little heavy after eating a traditional pasta salad during the holidays! So here is my "cleaner" healthy version that is loaded with fiber to make sure your tummy is happy with the dish! It's delicious, easy to make, and you can totally have your kiddos and loved ones help you in the kitchen. Ingredients are minimal too, so no crazy aisle-hopping is needed haha! Hope you try it this holiday season and please let me know in the comments what you think?! ENJOY!


  • 1lb bow tie pasta (gluten-free if required)
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 30ml olive oil (divided)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, leaves picked
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 x (460g) jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 7oz bocconcini


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes before removing with a slotted spoon and instantly submerging in cold water. Add the pasta to the same pot and cook according to packet instructions. Drain, pour 1-2 tbsp of the roasted pepper oil through the pasta and set aside in the fridge.

While the pasta is cooling, add the olive oil, parmesan, basil leaves and lemon juice to a blender and blitz until smooth.

Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss with red peppers, bocconcini and broccoli.

Refrigerate until ready for serving.

P.S. If you make this dish, please comment and let me know how you liked it. Feel free to share on socials also, because #SharingIsCaring. 

For more recipes like this, please checkout my most recent Edition of VVS FITNESS: Healthy & Delicious Recipes HERE.

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About the Author

Originally born and raised in Russia, Val comes from a professional background focused on customer service, business administration, and legal work. Since serving people was always something Val enjoyed, she used her life-long passion for health, fitness, and nutrition to help other women reach their transformation journey goals. Now Val is a fitness, nutrition, and mindset coach with a primary focus on wholesome holistic nutrition with over 10 years of experience in the field.

Val Sikora

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