For some reason when I was at the grocery store a cucumber told me to buy him and make pasta salad, crazy, I know but I think it was the cold weather/stay-inside-all-day-go crazies that made me want a summer-inspired pasta salad. For me pasta salad screams summer probably because I usually make this with a ton of vegetables from the garden (doesn’t that sound awesome, summer garden). Maybe Mr. Cucumber at the grocery store was just a nostalgic ghost from summer’s past, eh?
So . . . start off with a diced green pepper, tomato and cucumber. Other vegetables I like to add are broccoli, red pepper and red onions. Note, I think cherry tomatoes would have been better than the roma tomatoes that I used in the dish.
For the dressing, super simple: oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning and a couple packets of stevia.
Here they are . . .
Cook up some whole wheat rotini pasta noodles and don’t over cook them like I did, darn it! Sometimes a busy like me wishes she had four hands and a couple extra brains to remember the pasta is done,yeah it was not a good day for multitasking. On a side note, my husband now realizes why his mom would always burn the food, yeah it’s because she had FIVE kids! Hello!
This is a great out of the ordinary way to get in your veggies! Plus did you know that even the herbs are loaded with antioxidants?
THE BENEFITS OF HERBS
|Oregano||A traditional remedy includes healing upset stomachs but oregano is also beneficial for lowering blood pressure.|
|Basil||Is chock-full of antioxidants, actually its ORAC* (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is 40 times higher than broccoli!|
|Parsley||Noted for its “superman” powers for keeping the blood vessels healthy and providing the availability of oxygen.|
*ORAC is a unit of measurement for antioxidants developed by the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Italian Pasta Salad
2 cups whole wheat rotini pasta noodles
1 cucumber, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 roma tomato, diced (or 1 cup cherry tomatoes)
1/2 cup canola oil/ olive oil
3 tbsp vinegar, preferably white wine (even though my picture showed rice, whatever you have is fine )
2 tbsp Italian seasoning
3 packets stevia
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Cook pasta according to package direction. Drain pasta and cool. Mix together dressing ingredients in a small container with lid. Shake container to emulsify ingredients. Combine pasta and vegetables together in a large bowl. Add dressing to pasta and vegetables and refrigerate salad for at least 30 minutes. Note, a day later pasta is even better!
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