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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pasta Salad

Need a cool dish for tonight?  This fits the bill, cool and refreshing and should be made ahead of time and refrigerated.  The longer in the frig the better!




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Mix all chopped vegetables together in a large bowl, except the tomatoes (add them in right before you eat to prevent pasta from getting soggy).  Add Parmesan cheese, black olives and Italian salad dressing, toss to mix thoroughly.


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add in pasta and 
cook per directions on the package 12-15 minutes, drain.


Add vegetable mixture to pasta, toss to mix throughly.  
Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours until cold. 
 If you have time to let it sit overnight, the flavor is much stronger.



Fresh vegetables, healthy whole grain pasta and tangy Italian dressing.   
What's better to eat on a really hot summer day!


One fresh, crunchy, tangy bite after another!


Happy Eating Healthy and Fresh!
THE RECIPE:

Pasta Salad

Serves 4

8 ounces whole wheat farfalle (bow tie) pasta
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped yellow summer squash
1 spring onion chopped whites for salad and green for garnish
1 large beefsteak tomato
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup sliced black olives
1 cup Italian dressing (your favorite)

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add in pasta and cook per directions on the package 12-15 minutes.

Mix all chopped vegetables together in a large bowl, except the tomatoes (add them in right before you eat to prevent pasta from getting soggy).  Add Parmesan cheese, black olives and Italian salad dressing, toss to mix thoroughly.

When pasta is done, drain and add to vegetable mixture, toss to mix.  Refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours until cold.  If you have time to let it sit overnight, the flavor is much stronger.

Serve with sliced green onion tops as a garnish along with a little more Parmesan cheese.


Variations:  Add grilled chicken, mozzarella and basil.

Happy Eating Healthy and Fresh!










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