Learning As I Chop

Summer Pasta Salad

Posted in Uncategorized by R @ Learning As I Chop on June 23, 2010

Having engorged lots of lobster, butter and ice cream while on the Cape, H and I decided to have something light and summery for dinner. A few weeks ago, H threw together a summer pasta salad (mentioned here) that we both loved. We figured it was the perfect choice for a light warm-weather dinner.

Here are the ingredients:

1 box wagon wheel pasta (we prefer this type of pasta so ingredient #2 can get stuck in the wheels)

1 container of peas. Last time we used fresh peas from the farmers market, but we had nothing in the fridge and it wasn’t a market day, so Le Sueur peas it was! Normally I don’t like canned veggies but these have a special place in our hearts

Tomatoes – either cherry, grape or regular. Just make sure to cut the tomatoes into small, bite sized pieces

Pepper – any color you’d like. We went with green to add a little more color to our salad.

Corn – either fresh kernels or baby corn. We like to go with baby corn, since it’s a fun veggie and hard to incorporate into your dinners. Stir-fry is the only time I use it. Do you have other ideas? Please share!

Extras:

Chickpeas for some protein. We meant to add these to our salad but hunger caused us to forget

Last time we made this salad I also added some fresh cheese. The same guy who provides my farm eggs also makes a bunch of different cheeses. H and I purchased a sharp cheddar a few weeks ago and it was delicious. Really added to the salad.

When done, toss with your favorite homemade or store-bought Italian dressing. Of course make sure to read labels and choose one without HFCS. That sneaky ingredient finds its way into everything!

All in all, this is a quick, easy salad that is light and good for your budget. Enjoy!

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  1. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on June 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    oOoooO pin wheel pasta thingies hehe HOW FUN!

  2. Kelly said, on June 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    YUM, YUM and YUM! This looks so good and I love the pin wheel pasta! đŸ™‚

  3. […] Gonna hit 95 degrees today. So H and I wanted a light, no-oven type of dinner. H suggested this pasta salad but in the interest of LAIC I wanted to try something new. So I did something I normally […]


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