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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pasta Salad



I would like to start by saying that in my last "Meatless Monday" post (found here) someone pointed out to me that fish is considered meat. I would like to clear it up that for myself I have never considered fish a type of meat, but everyone has their own opinions on the matter, and mine is that fish isn't meat. Therefore my "Meatless Mondays" posts may contain fish sometimes.

This week I have decided to make a vegetarian only meal of a colourful and delectable pasta salad! Perfect for a "Meatless Monday" or a nice and light summer meal. This recipe for pasta salad is absolutely amazing, not only is it very simple, and containing fresh vegetables but seriously, every single person who has tried this pasta salad has immediately fallen in love. When my friends come over they request this all the time!

Ingredients
1 package of your favourite pasta (rotini, fussili and penne work best.)
4 small pickles
2 green onions (green parts only)
8 kalamata olives
half a red pepper
1 carrot (grated)

Dressing
2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar (note: using dark balsamic vinegar will make your pasta brown.)
1 clove of garlic (crushed)
1 1/2 tbsp dried basil
1 1/2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions

Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl.

Cook and drain the pasta, following the directions on the box. Toss the warm pasta (make sure it's warm in order to infuse the pasta with the flavours of the dressing!)

Next, chop up all of the vegetables and add them to pasta. Toss and serve!

Please note: This is an amazing school or work lunch. Throw it in a Tupperware and you're good to go!

- Lou

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1 Comments:

At May 21, 2010 at 4:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's not meat, then what is it? Certainly not a vegetable, that's for sure. I'm aware of the religious argument involving fish not being a meat, but other than that, how can you honestly think fish isn't a type of meat? It comes from an animal - one that has blood, bones, scales, reproduces, and so forth. Sorry, I'm trying my hardest to keep an open mind here because people are entitled to their own opinion but seriously, fish is meat.

Oh, and here's a little extract from your previous Meatless Monday post;

"If people all around the country, and the globe took part in meatless Mondays campaign not only would we be healthier but we would also be doing our part in saving the environment!"

... Fishing is detrimental to the environment. Just saying.

 

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