Mar 6, 2011

Whole-Wheat Pasta Salad

This is a simple summer salad which takes less than five minutes to put together. And the five minutes include the  time of cooking the pasta. I like to chill the salad and have it for lunch.

I hate preparing elaborate meals when it is only me being the person who eats. This is a to-go meal for me, when I have to prepare lunch only for myself.  I make these type of salads when hubby has lunch at office and I need to make a quick lunch for myself.

I used cute little cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese from Trader Joes. Ordinary tomatoes can be chopped and substituted in this salad. Also mozzarella can be replaced by other cheese like paneer, cheddar, feta, goat cheese etc.

Any type of whole grain pasta - 1/2 cup ( I used Fusilli)
Cherry tomatoes
Mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil and mint

For the dressing
Balsamic vinegar - 1 spoon
Lemon juice - 1 spoon
Olive Oil - 2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the instructions in the packet. Drain the pasta and allow it to cool.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the salad dressing.

Chop the basil and mint leaves finely.

Combine the pasta, tomatoes, cheese and the dressing together. Drizzle the dressing an toss.

Serve chilled.

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  1. Wow that looks very inviting Divya..

  2. the pasta sald looks very vibrant and lovely....

    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  3. Salad looks too tempting and delicious. Loved the Pics.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. the salad looks so healthy and tasty and you made with my fav pasta :)

  5. Great one.. I too love comfort food like this when I am the only one to eat.. and a major trader joe's fan too.. yummy pasta.. nice clicks,

  6. Very colorful and so inviting Salad divya.

  7. Beautiful salad... love the colors :)

  8. Lovely with cherry tomatoes..nice color n pics

  9. So wonderful and refreshing. Love pasta! Love the way you have pictured them! Fantastic! Makes me crave for this salad now.

  10. What an amazing click, looks beautiful and yum!

  11. மிகவும் அருமையாக எளிதில் செய்ய கூடிய சாலட்...

  12. That's a nice looking pasta salad, Divya -Thumb up "like" :)

  13. yummy yummy and tempting :) nice clicks :)

  14. Health colourful salad....Pasta is ma favourite too..have bookmarked this

  15. Divya, that plate/bowl looks super tempting, love the colors and whole wheat idea :)

  16. looks very tempting and healthy too

  17. Love the contrast of colors in the salad. very inviting!


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