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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 […]

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 […]

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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To explain even further, Pinterest is amazing for real. You can make your own secret board. Such as, set the colors, props and what theme is the best, how to set up, inspo pics, so you can see exactly what colors go together or what theme goes perfectly with your dish.

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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Yes, I do search for inspo pictures online sometimes when I hit the brick wall, and that is okay. You get inspired, and then you translate that inspo pic, a piece of art into your own creation.

Colorful Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

You must always add your own twist even if you find a picture that is perfect and you would love to recreate it.

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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 […]

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. […]

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

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 the peak of the season; juicy and tasty!

When I was younger I hated cooked tomatoes or chunky tomatoes in meals. However, I absolutely loved eating tomatoes like an apple, just with a sprinkle of salt.

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad Recipe

That is all I needed to survive hot summer days. I am still not a big fan of summer months, but I sure love its delicious produce; tomatoes, watermelon, peaches, cherries, cucumbers, etc., to name just a few of my favorite produce.

I know that most of the time you would see these tomatoes in a popular Italian dish, Caprese with mozzarella and basil drizzled with good olive oil. I wanted to make a conscious twist with Greek imported olive oil and feta cheese. Should we just call this one Greek Style Tomato Feta salad?

I am all for it if you are. Haha

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Anyhow, you guys going to love it. Well, I am almost certain that you will. My daughter and I, we are huge tomato lovers, so we ate it until it was gone.

On the other hand, my boys are not, so two of us had a pleasure to enjoy this one for lunch with some grilled burgers.

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Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

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Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad
Yield: Serves 4

Heirloom Tomato Feta Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

An easy and simple summer salad.

Ingredients

  • 3-5 different types of tomatoes
  • Generous pinch kosher salt
  • Generous pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or balsamic vinegar if you prefer
  • 1 block or chunk feta cheese, 7-8 oz
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh Oregano for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Wash tomatoes then using sharp knife make about 1/4 inch slices. You don't want them too thin but not to thick either. Depending on how many serving you want, you can totally use half of each tomato since some are pretty large. I was serving 4 people so I used all of it. If you have any leftovers you can bake a galette or add on pizza.
  2. Season tomatoes with salt just before serving, and before adding cheese. This way the salt will not start breaking the tomato slices. Same goes for any addition of acidities like vinegar or lemon juice. Do it right before serving.
  3. Now take the cheese out of the box and slice into cubes. Use some kitchen paper towel to dry them a bit if needed.
  4. Add Cheese son top of the tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, then add a sprinkle of dried oregano and garnish with fresh oregano.
  5. You can use only one, but dried have its own aroma and fresh brings even more freshness which is the perfect combo for this salad.

Notes

You can add some olives or parsley.

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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 […]

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 […]

Baked Pasta with Pepperoni

Baked Pasta with Pepperoni

Baked Pasta with Pepperoni

If you never had Baked Pasta with Pepperoni, then you are missing out big time. It is like having pizza but in pasta form… mindblowing!

One thing that was happy is that hubs and I just celebrated last weekend our anniversary.

Yup! 14 years, already; the only thing that I could say is that I couldn’t have a better partner and a friend… I am truly blessed.

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The best part is that he is always there when I need a shoulder to lean on. Time is really flying, although I do have a daily reminder when I look at my kids. Knock on the wood, they are growing so fast, too fast!

Anyhow, let us finally start talking about this dish.

When my family needs quick comfort food this meal saves me. Especially on those busy nights when I do not want to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen slaving over the stove.

Baked Pasta with Pepperoni

You can add leftover chicken, hard or Genoa salami, or sauteed ground beef instead of the pepperoni.

Let me just be clear here, I am not a huge fan of pepperoni. I rather go for a real sauteed ground beef, but whoever tried this combo was in love, so I continued making it with pepperoni for years. 

Another thing is that you can use your favorite pasta sauce instead of the Alfredo sauce.

However, if you ask me, I am a sucker for a creamy yummy pasta especially with loads of cheese. Anyhow, just be creative, use what you like, or have in your pantry.

Baked Pasta with Pepperoni

You may layer it, cheese it and bake it. It is most certainly done quickly. Also, your family will be definitely happy and not fuss over dinner.

You could serve it with fresh vegetables, or a bowl of mixed greens.

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Baked Pasta with Pepperoni
Yield: Serves 4

Baked Pasta with Pepperoni

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Boiling and Baking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Quick and easy family dinner idea.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Cooked Macaroni or other pasta
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1.5 cup Broccoli florets blanched
  • Taco Cheese Mix shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place macaroni in the deeper baking dish and toss it with olive oil, then add Alfredo sauce, blanched broccoli florets, and sprinkle a little bit of cheese. Mix it together.
  3. Add a layer of pepperoni, and top it with more taco cheese mix.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.
  5. Serve it with the salad on the side.

Notes

You can add any cheese that you would prefer, and of course any amount. If you are serving it to more people, just increase the number of ingredients.

You may use other types of pasta, also gluten-free is fantastic.

It stores well over-night in the fridge. Preheat, to heat it again

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

Tasty Labor Day Recipes

These Tasty Labor Day Recipes that I have picked for you guys are easy, delicious, affordable and approachable. You can make them any time you want not just over Labor Day and 4th of July, or any other holiday. If you are like my family […]