Friday, February 26, 2016

Recipe: Healthy Pasta Salad


This is a recipe that both vegetarians and meat lovers can enjoy. It is full of flavor that is satisfying for adults and kids alike.

Depending on how much dressing the noodles absorb, you might only need to add 2/3 of the dressing.

Healthy Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
12 ounces pasta
3 garlic cloves

18 ounces combination regular cherry tomatoes and yellow cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup black pitted olives

1/2 cup lunch meat ham (optional)
2 Tablespoons chives (fresh is best)
1/4 cup basil (fresh is best)
1 medium-sized cucumber
4 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
7 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Directions: 
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add pasta and garlic (with skins on), and simmer until tender (about 5 minutes). Drain.
  3. Set the garlic aside, and put the pasta in a large bowl.
  4. Chop the tomatoes, olives, ham, chives, basil, and cucumber into bite-sized pieces, and add to the bowl.
  5. Remove garlic cloves from skins, and crush. (An alternative is to add garlic powder to taste.)
  6. In a small bowl, combine garlic with vinegar, oil, and salt/pepper.
  7. Drizzle dressing over pasta mixture, and stir to combine. Feel free to add more seasoning to taste.
Serves 6

*Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver's pasta salad

13 comments:

  1. What a easy tastey recipe!Thanks so much for sharing Ellie!Thank you for all your work on your wonderful blogs!❤️Them!

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    1. My pleasure, Jill! Thanks for being such a loyal reader :)

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous2/27/2016

    Thank-you for the recipies Ellie. The ham could be replaced with tofu cubes or cheese cubes, I have had this kind of salad with cheese and ha cubes in it, but no one gave me their recipe and I have not yet made it myself. It is a good idea.

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    1. Those both sound like tasty alternations. Let me know if you try it with tofu. I would be curious to hear how it turns out!

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/27/2016

      http://recipetreasure.com/pasta-salad-with-tofu/

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  3. Anonymous2/27/2016

    Looks good :-)

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  4. Anonymous2/28/2016

    This is totally unrelated to this post, but I wanted to ask your advice because I view you as a godly role model. After reading 1 Corinthians 11, where Paul talks about women wearing head coverings, I began to look into why very few Christian women continue this practice. I ran across this article: https://bible.org/seriespage/22-1-corinthians-111-16-its-issues-and-implications and think it makes a good point. However, I am hesitant to cover my head (for prideful reasons, I'll admit). How do you reconcile this? Thank you. :)

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    1. Hi there,

      Sorry for the delayed response. I wanted to take some time to study the subject. I'm flattered that you see me as a godly role model. :)

      I'm not an expert on head coverings, but I'll share a few points with you:

      The head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11 seem to be a symbol of modesty and submission to one's husband.

      From my research, I found that the practice of wearing head coverings continued into the early 20th century. The types of head coverings (whether it was a bonnet, shawl, hat, etc) reflect the fashions of the time. When hats fell out of style in the mid 1900s, the practice of wearing head coverings was also dropped, as society no longer saw it as a symbol of submission and modesty.

      Here is a paragraph from an article (http://www.gotquestions.org/head-coverings.html) that I found to be interesting:

      "In today's culture, we no longer view a woman's wearing of a head covering as a sign of submission. In most modern societies, scarves and hats are fashion accessories. A woman has the choice to wear a head covering if she views it as a sign of her submission to the authority of her husband. However, it is a personal choice and not something that should be used to judge spirituality. The real issue here is the heart attitude of obedience to God's authority and submission to His established order “as to the LORD” (Ephesians 5:22). God is far more concerned with an attitude of submission than an outward display of submission via a head covering. First Timothy 2:9-10, 'I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.'"

      Hope this was helpful! Let me know what you think. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous3/05/2016

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate you getting back to me. :)

      That's a good point, that head coverings are no longer a sign of submission. I will continue to pray about it! God bless you! :)

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    3. My pleasure! God bless you, too!

      Ellie

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  5. Never tried cucumber in pasta salad. It sounds delicious!! Great tip,Ellie

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  6. Anonymous2/29/2016

    This looks really tasty! Thanks for posting a recipe for those of us who don't eat meat. I will substitute the ham with some feta cheese crumbles. Can't wait to make this pasta!

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    1. Feta is a great idea! Let me know how that turns out. :)

      Ellie

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