I love eating salads in the Summer. I had been craving a pasta salad for a while; however, I didn’t think I had the ingredients in my kitchen to make one. I was wrong!
That’s why this recipe is easy: just look in your cupboards and see what you have.
|Easy & Healthy Summer Pasta Salad|
Easy & Healthy Summer Pasta Salad
- 1/2 a package of pasta (macaroni or rotini works best)
- grape tomatoes or 1-2 larger tomatoes, diced
- 1 bell pepper (any color, I had a yellow one on hand), diced
- half to 1 whole cucumber, diced
- Any other vegetables you have on hand: corn, broccoli (chopped up small), olives, small slices of carrots.
- a few slices of cheddar cheese, cut into tiny cubes (I prefer Tillamook medium-cheddar)
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Italian dressing (I did not have any Italian dressing on-hand, so I have included the recipe I used to make my own below***)
- Boil the pasta per package directions. Once properly cooked, drain pasta and allow to cool.
- While the pasta is cooling, chop all of your vegetables and cheese.
- Make your salad dressing if you don’t have some on hand.***
- After pasta is cooled, add vegetables and then dressing. Coat well.
- Put the pasta in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to let things marinate and everything cool down.
***Homemade Italian Dressing recipe (modified from Paleo Cupboard)
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp dried mustard
- 1/2 tsp of salt (I considerably decreased the amount of salt from the original recipe)
- a couple shakes of ground black pepper
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (in my opinion Costco has the best tasting and cheapest EVOO)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Then add the wet ingredients.
- Shake well just prior to adding to your salad.
|Easy and Healthy Vegetarian Summer Pasta Salad|
This pasta salad was a hit… with my stomach! haha! I will have to make this again.
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