{meatless monday} – simple and colourful pasta salad

27 Aug

i heart italian dressing.

and i’m always trying to find ways to put in on things.  i would like to come up with a recipe of my own and just make it at home, but somehow i don’t seem to get the combinations right, it’s frustrating.  so i just buy whole foods’ brand.  and it’s probably just about the same cost as buying the ingredients to make yourself, to be honest.  plus i love a light summer salad for dinner, but those days are almost over – womp womp.

mostly i just had this stuff lying around, so i put it all together with some veggie pasta and VIOLA!  something to put italian dressing on! 

i like using the veggie pasta noodles to make this dish more nutrient-dense as well as more colourful.  plus i think it just works well with the pasta salad.

so :

– 1 package tri-coloured veggie pasta {i opt for fun shapes, why would i?!}

– 1 small sweet onion, diced

– 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup olives, diced

– 3-4 small tomatoes {san marzano or roma is best}, diced

-1 can chickpeas, drained well

– any other veggies or herbs you deem appropriate for your creation… i’m thinking red pepper would go lovely with this, especially for the crunch factor!

– fresh parmesan cheese

cook pasta according to instructions, then drain and let cool while you chop your ingredients up.

toss it all together with italian dressing and fresh-ground pepper. grate in plenty of parmesan and mix it all up.

it’s so good the next day, too!  i topped mine with some breadcrumbs for additional texture.

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7 Responses to “{meatless monday} – simple and colourful pasta salad”

  1. anthony0358 August 27, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    YES! What an awesome idea! This just is beautiful! Just like the Chef!

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  2. mylifeisthebestlife August 27, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    I need to stop reading you when I’m hungry. My belly is rumbling now!

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  3. avocadoandbasil August 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    This looks so good, and so simple, perfect!

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  4. Becca's Green Kitchen August 30, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Yum! This is one of those quick & easy dinners that makes great left overs for tomorrow’s lunch. Thanks for the idea!

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