Monday, June 30, 2014

Pasta Salad

So THIS is the whole reason I looked up the recipes for a Homemade Healthy Italian Dressing!  It is so simple and delicious!! A perfect treat for a hot summer day or night!  There are so many different variations of pasta salads that can be made, with different veggies, or different kind of pastas like I did!  My Dad is visiting Michigan from San Francisco, and he is a vegan, so I made a separate bowl just for his with Quinoa pasta!

First, boil your pasta!  Cook according to directions on box, whether it is 'regular' rotini or something else like this Ancient Harvest Quinoa Garden Pagodas! After I strain the pasta, I like to spray it down with cold water and toss it in the strainer to jump start the cooling process!

While the pasta is boiling, start chopping up your vegetables! 
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Yellow, Red & Orange Bell Peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups Broccoli
  • Medium size Cucumber or I use 1/2 English Cucumber
  • Roma Tomato
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Red Onion
  • Can of Sliced Black Olives
Once all of my veggies are chopped, I like to give them a good stir, and then slowly combine with the pasta.  Then it's time to add Italian Dressing ... I use anywhere between 1/4 - 1/2 cup.  Don't want it to be drenched like the kind you buy from the deli counter!

I am getting ready to take the four hour drive to Chicago to send my Dad off at the airport really early tomorrow morning.  We are going to pack a cooler with both of our pasta salads, and some other vegan-friendly (and not ... :) ) healthy snacks and food!  If you Fail to Plan >> Plan to Fail!

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