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Easy Summer Pasta Salad

Easy Summer Pasta Salad

I have fallen in love with this summer pasta salad!  I’m one of those people who really don’t have an appetite when it’s hot out. Yet, it’s super important to eat balanced and not skip meals.

It can get so hot here in Alberta a few weeks ago that I just wanted to lay on ice cubes and never get up.  I wanted nothing more than to cool off!!

I rummaged through what was in my cupboards and fridge since it was so hot I wasn’t going into the city to shop for food.  The idea of being in a car or walking through a parking lot made me want to head to the basement and hide.  Luckily, I had enough to pull off a fantabulous meal that just made my yummylicious list! 

Easy Summer Pasta Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Grapeseed Oil (or Olive Oil)
  • ¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 16 oz tri coloured whole grain or gluten free pasta (al dente).
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach – chopped
  • 1 cup of feta cheese
  • 1 (14oz) can of black olives - sliced
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes ( I used a 10oz pack) – cut in half
  • 1 tbsp dried Basil (or 3 tbps fresh - chopped)
Instructions
  1. Make a Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing by whisking the first 3 ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to the directions. Do not overcook! While the pasta is cooking, cut up the spinach, slice the olives, and, if needed, the tomatoes.
  3. When the pasta is done, make sure to rinse with cold water. This prevents it from sticking.
  4. Transfer the pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Pour the Balsamic Vinaigrette over the pasta.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Notes
If gluten free is required, try a quinoa pasta.
To make vegan, use a vegan cheese or omit the feta.

Quick, easy, and a big hellz yes to each food group!

You can make the vinaigrette covered pasta a day ahead, but hold off on adding the remaining ingredients.  Over time the spinach may soak up the dressing and get wilty. Although I found even when mixed, this salad was awesome 3 days after.

A meal in a flash, balanced, and gluten free!  I have found a new summer staple in our house.

Enjoy the summer heat

Love

Karen

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