Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad

The Perfect Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Box Elbow Macaroni cooked al dente and cooled
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 4 Scallions, sliced
  • 6-7 Small Sweet Red, Orange & Yellow Peppers, chopped
  • 1 carton Cherry Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 small or 1 large Cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1-2 small inner Celery Stalks WITH GREENS, diced
  • 3 Hardboiled Eggs, chopped
  • 8 oz Colby Cheese, cubed
  • Handful of Fresh Basil, chiffonade
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

DRESSING:

* Mix all dressing ingredients together. If too thick, thin out with a little more buttermilk. Pour dressing over cooled noodles. Add all the gorgeous veggie toppings. Mix until combined. Enjoy!!!

 

TIPS:

There are so many options for Pasta Salad.  To make it more healthy, use Whole Wheat Pasta and Fat Free or Low Fat dairy ingredients.

If there is a veggie you don’t like, LEAVE IT OUT and substitute it with something you do like.

Swap out the Fresh Basil for Fresh Dill and add 1 tsp Dried Dill to the Dressing.

The best thing about Pasta Salad is, its almost impossible to mess it up!!! Get Creative!

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Greek Smothered Hummus

Greek Smothered Hummus

Crisp, Cool & Creamy

Crisp, Cool & Creamy

It’s that time of year…..It’s FOOTBALL TIME!!!!!  Heading to parties, get togethers, or just staying home to tailgate….this season can really pack on the pounds.  Here is the perfect Healthy appetizer to make that is bursting with delightful, refreshing flavor.  It’s easy on the thighs and on the wallet!!!!  A few fresh ingredients take a basic dip and turn it into a masterpiece.  Use a cute serving dish to make it fancy, y’all!  I used my Grandma Sarah’s dish…Green…in honor of the Packers for the Hubs.  (Go Pack Go!!!!)  All you need is a few fresh ingredients, hummus, and a knife; and you’re good to go!

 

Fresh Organic or Homegrown is best!

Fresh Organic or Homegrown is best!

 

Ingredients:

Diced Tomatoes

Diced Cucumbers

Diced Red Onion

Diced Red Pepper

Minced Garlic

GOOD Quality Feta

Hot & Spicy Oregano

Parsley

EVOO, S & P

 

TIP:  Drain excess water from Toms and Cucs by dicing and spreading in a single layer onto a paper towel.  Sprinkle generously with Salt (and pepper if you like).

TIP: Drain excess water from Toms and Cucs by dicing and spreading in a single layer onto a paper towel. Sprinkle generously with Salt (and pepper if you like) and let sit for at least 10 mins.  I always dice these guys first so they have time to sit while I prepare the other ingredients!

Next, locate a fancy dish to match your team colors!  Spread a layer of Organic Hummus on the bottom.  (I actually made my Hummus from scratch.  It was a Cilantro-Jalapeño Hummus and it was tastetacular.  However, it is quite time consuming and you have to soak the chickpeas overnight and shell them for a supercreamy hummus.  I’ll post the recipe sometime…But this Smothered Version is packed with so much flavor from the Fresh Veggies & Herbs, I would omit that step and simplify it.  Just purchase a GOOD Organic Store Bought Hummus that you like or just make a quick Garlic-Lemon Hummus from Organic Cans of Chickpeas.  TIP FOR USING CANNED CHICKPEAS:  After Draining and Rinsing, be sure to simmer in fresh water for about 10 mins first before using….that will help take out the metallic taste from the can!!!)

Cilantro-Jalapeño Hummus on the bottom layer

Cilantro-Jalapeño Hummus on the bottom layer

Now, simply mix together all Ingredients in a bowl.  Add a couple swirls around the bowl of EVOO (2 T) and season with Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper.  Crumble the Feta on top and toss.  You can substitute any fresh herb for this that you like.  I used my Homegrown Organic Hot & Spicy Oregano and Parsley.  I was going for a Smothered Greek Hummus, with the Oregano and Parsley, but had to change it up when I realized I didn’t have any Olives or Artichokes to add.  They are a SUPER TASTY addition to this….and another way to change it up!

You Veggie Mix should look something like this:

You Veggie Mix should look something like this.  Fresh & Crisp

Last Step is to spoon the Mixture right on top of the Hummus.  So Simple, right?!?!

Quick & Healthy.  Your friends (and thighs) will Thank You!!!!

Quick & Healthy. Your friends (and thighs) will Thank You!!!!

I served mine with Sea Salt Pita Chips, Carrots & Snap Peas

I served mine with Sea Salt Pita Chips, Carrots & Snap Peas

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!?!?!?!

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SUPERFOOD SALADS

STUCK IN A SALAD RUT???

You’ve got the basics down, I’m sure: Lettuce

But here are some ideas for healthy, flavorful toppings

Very Veggie

Very Veggie

Mix Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Carrots, Kalamata Olives, Blue Cheese or Feta Crumbles, Cucumber, Corn off the Cob, Sliced Avocado

This one is awesome to do in the summer when you have leftover grilled corn and an excess of veggies from the garden!  Dress lightly with a homemade vinagrette or simply Oil and Vinegar.

Going Greek

Going Greek

Mix of Carrots, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives, Artichokes, Feta Cheese, Sprouts

Greek Vinaigrette & Fresh Black Pepper

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Light & Crunchy! Mushrooms, Carrots, Cucumbers, Yellow Pepper, Radish, Lettuce, Spinach, Chicken, Sunflower Seeds

This one is great to make with leftover Chicken!  The dressing was Dijon, Lemon, EVOO, agave, s&p

Kale and Salmon

Kale and Salmon

One of my favorite Kale Salads (served here with Salmon)

Shredded Kale, Shredded Carrots, Shredded Red Cabbage, Sesame Seeds

Tossed with a Sesame Soy Dressing. Soy Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Oil, S&P.  YUMMY!

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Crisp & Creamy

Served one night with Steak Tacos…will post the taco recipe soon….

Lettuce Mix, Red Pepper, Orange Pepper, Cucumber, Snap Peas, Scallions

Dressing: Greek Yogurt, Dijon, Red Wine Vinegar, EVOO, S&P

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Kari