f4ba68c1cbedb0122ea82653afbd56f3b53077b88b4c4a5f31 Uncomplicated Healthy Living: Vegetable and Pasta Salad http://www.freesearchenginesubmission.infoher-libido.com

Monday, August 17, 2015

Vegetable and Pasta Salad

Summertime vegetables, beans and pasta all come together to form a salad for a warm summer evening.  I know school has started, but, temperatures say it is still summer and so do the veggies!  Go gather your tomatoes and your cucumbers and make this salad tonight.

Vegetable and Pasta Salad

8 ounces chunky pasta (I used farfalle)
2 medium sized tomatoes, cleaned and diced
2 cucumbers, cleaned and quartered lengthwise, them sliced
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1 cup freshly made tomato juice, seasoned to taste
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/8 tsp. tobasco sauce 
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 tbsp. minced fresh flat leaf parsley

Cook the pasta according to package directions leaving out the oil.  Drain and rinse under cold water.  Allow to sit to drain some of the water off.  Place the next 7 ingredients in a large bowl, tomatoes through beans, and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add the pasta, top with the parsley and toss together.  How easy is that?

I used a white heirloom cucumber as well as a green.  Use what you have available.

Choose a pasta that has some added nutritional value.  Whole grain or spinach pasta.  Use what suits you.  I have tried making pasta salads with gluten free pasta and found it does not work.  When you use pasta made with wheat it remains soft and pliable in the salad.  Gluten free pasta does not, it become hard and crunchy no matter how much sauce is on it.

If you don't have a juicer to make you own tomato juice, you can use bottled.  Be sure to use one that does not have added sugar or salt.

Have fun in the kitchen and have a good week everyone!

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