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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

I feel like everyone loves quick, easy and fun pasta recipes. So this fall-inspired Mediterranean Pasta Salad falls right into quick, and easy dishes. We love this delicious DaVinci Pasta, you can really taste the quality with each bite you take. I have decided to read more

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

I have been making a lot of pasta salads lately. I really love how we have so many options and variations that we can create with pasta. This one was one of those pasta salads that reminded me greatly of summers that I used to read more

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

One of my favorite ways to enjoy stress-free, delicious lunch us by making this amazing, Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing.

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For me personally, I plan all that in my head. Sometimes I need a couple of hours of brainstorming and sometimes I take 5 days until I am completely satisfied.

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Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

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Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing Recipe

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Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
Yield: SERVES 6

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy and tasty pasta salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 5 Color Pasta Any pasta would be okay; farfalle, rigatoni, campanelle, rotini, 3 color pasta, etc.
  • 2 cups Broccoli Slaw
  • 1/2 cup Red Cabbage also known as purple cabbage
  • 1/4-1/2 lb Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 medium Zucchini sliced
  • 1 cup Black Olives *optional
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Pasta Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 2 teaspoons Stone Ground Mustard Seeds 1 tsp. Substitute with Stone Ground Mustard or 1½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Salt or to taste
  • 2 Garlic cloves lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Herbs Blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water and add a generous amount of salt, add pasta and cook according to the package. I like pasta for salads to have a bit of bite so "al dente" is perfect. After the pasta is cooked, drain and run cold water over it. Shake colander and allow pasta to cool down. This is only if you going to use pasta for the pasta salad.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the Pasta Vinaigrette Dressing. Add salt to taste. I always start with 1/2 teaspoon. Mix it and set aside. 
  3. Now add to the pasta broccoli slaw, halved tomatoes, sliced red cabbage, zucchini, black olives. 
  4. Add about 1 tablespoon of dressing in the pasta then stir, add the rest of the ingredients and add dressing, a tablespoon at the time until you reach taste that you want.
  5. Stir well, and serve. Leftovers place in the airtight container and keep refrigerated.

Notes

The best way to mix homemade dressing is a glass jar with fitted lid. Not only that you can shake it to combine the ingredients, but also if you don't use it all you can save it for the next time.

Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe

Vegetarian Pasta Salad Recipe

Simple, delicious and easy veggie-packed vegetarian pasta salad is colorful and perfect for upcoming summer days, grilling season and potlucks. My family loves this Vegetarian Pasta Salad, and I make it often especially when we have a family gathering. For those of you that visiting read more

Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

I might be addicted to anything carbolicious, but that’s a simply comfort food for me. This Greek Pasta salad is one of those amazing comfort meals that I really enjoy. I really don’t know what I would do if I have to give up on carbs. read more

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Don’t you just love refreshing salad? I love salads and eat them all year round, but I know this one is by far the most unique one. Do not discard it, please!

I know you are probably looking at these pictures and saying how would this even work, or it looks disgusting, but trust me it does work and it is pretty good. It is not the most filling salad, but it’s so pretty and refreshing as well. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.

To be honest, this is not a new recipe. You may find it in Mediterranean cookbooks and all over the internet, however, I wanted to add my own twists.

More amazingly delicious and meatless salads 

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

It will be most definitely served the whole summer long because I love watermelon, and I love the taste of sweet and savory flavors. Also, I added a generous squeeze of fresh lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.

I loved it!

Well, I am just thinking what else should I add to it; arugula, cherry tomatoes, perhaps a radish would go well too. I am not sure just yet, but I will be experimenting.

My family ate it but they were skeptical, however, everything was gone from their plates. It was B+ from them, and I was happy to hear. They are hard to please sometimes, especially if a dish is out of their comfort zone!

SALAD

Anyway, I feel like this would be perfectly served with teriyaki salmon or chicken, but if you want to keep it vegetarian my amazing grilled tofu is a fantastic replacement.

If you by any chance make it or try it please let me know. You can tag me on INSTAGRAM @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see your tasty creations. Thank you so much for your love and support.

 

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CREAMY SUMMER PASTA SALAD

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Yield: 2

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy and refreshing recipe for summer Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cubed melon ( 1 cup per serving)
  • 2 mini cucumbers (you may use Eng. cucumber)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, or to taste
  • Springle of fresh mint (You may also use fresh basil)
  • Springle of fresh lemon thyme (if you have it add this herb, if not just omit)
  • drizzle of olive oil, any on hand but EVOO is the best for salads
  • 1/2-1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Add everything except for feta in a large bowl and toss.
  2. Sprinkle with feta cheese. I didn't use crumbled version, but I did crumble it myself.
  3. Add to plate and enjoy!

Notes

Watermelon and cucumber work so well together. I feel like fresh mozzarella might work with this recipe too.

You can even grill watermelon slices before cutting them into cubes which would make this salad better.

If you by any chance have sriracha salt, please add that salt instead of any other. It gives you that extra kick.

Feta is salty so add enough salt to please your taste buds, but not too much.

 

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

If I could eat Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad with olive oil and herbs all year round I would be a very happy camper. It is so fresh, sweet, savory, simple, pretty and most importantly delicious salad. One my favorite August salads when tomatoes are at read more

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

My delicious Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad. Who does not appreciate a hearty salad? Needless to say, we eat classic salads all year round, naturally depending on the season, of course. However, with all the ingredients convenient even during the winter season, we are able read more

Zesty Zoodle Salad

Zesty Zoodle Salad

Zesty Zoodle Salad is very Healthy, so Delicious and quite simple to prepare.

Zesty Zoodle Salad

I must tell you that this one is going to surprise you! I have made zoodles for quite some time now, and I love the fact that it tricks your mind that you are eating noodles.

Sometimes, I would even mix zucchini noodles and spaghetti just to eat fewer carbs, and from time to time I would create this spectacular salad.

Doesn’t it look absolutely scrumptious? Mmhmm! I know it does.

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Everything is pretty much really good for you, and you can really use any veggie you have, or perhaps add some fruit like mandarins, oranges or strawberries.

You really do not need a roadmap to make an amazingly nutritious salad.

However, I felt the need to show you a basic salad that Nebs and I have been enjoying lately.

Zesty Zoodle Salad

You can do it with any protein that you wish, or eat it as it is. It’s plain and simple. Be your own creative you and zoodle a masterpiece.

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Zesty Zoodle Salad

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Zesty Zoodle Salad
Yield: Serves 4

Zesty Zoodle Salad

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Easy and tasty Zesty Zoodle Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Zucchini
  • 1 large Carrot or 2 smaller
  • 1/2 English Cucumber
  • Assorted Bell Peppers sliced into strips lengthwise (1 of each color {red, orange, yellow}, medium size)
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes sliced in half (you may use another type if you desire)
  • 1/2 cup Calamata olives
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 bunch Flat-leaf Parsley Italian parsley or Cilantro, stems removed (reserve some for garnish)

Zesty Vinaigrette

  • 1 Ripe large Lime squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp honey or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Sriracha Sea Salt to taste about 1/4 teaspoon or a bit more
  • OR 1/4 tsp chili powder + salt to taste

Garnish

  • 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
  • Za'atar

Instructions

  1. Using a Spiral Vegetable Slicer zoodle zucchini, carrot, and cucumber. You may use kitchen paper towel t to pat dry the excess moisture.
  2. Slice peppers ―  Slice pepper in half, remove seeds and the top and slice each pepper lengthwise.
  3. Cut Green onions (You may use red onions if you do not have green onions), sliced cherry tomatoes in half, or if you have other larger tomatoes slice them into wedges and slice olives as well.
  4. Combine ingredients for zesty Vinaigrette, and drizzle half of it. Toss everything together and taste to see if you need more. You can always drizzle more vinaigrette later.
  5. Lastly, and before serving slice avocado. Now you can make pretty roses, or just slice however you wish.
  6. Serve it right away. This will not hold for too long due to cucumber and zucchini who will produce more moisture as it sits especially at the room temperature. It is the best if eaten right away. It takes literally less than 10 minutes to put it together. You may prepare vinaigrette ahead and store it in the lidded jar.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley and za'atar.

Notes

This will not do very well in the lunch boxes. You can prepare it 15 minutes before eating, and it will still hold ok.  I test it by placing leftovers in the fridge, and it wasn't good after. It loses crunch and it's too much liquid from zucchini and cucumber, and of course vinaigrette. This is fantastic with pork chops, fish, or a steak. Always cut avocado just before serving. Here is how I made my rose. I need a little more practice, but it's ok, I suppose. TIP  ― Since Zoodles, cucumber, and carrots are quite long after using a spiral slicer, you may use scissors to break them into smaller spiral pieces.

Tomato Feta Salad

Tomato Feta Salad

  The best thing about summer is loads of fresh produce, either from your garden, farmers market or even from your grocery store. I know that we have fresh produce, literally all year round, but we know what’s in season and what’s not.  So, if read more