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healthy vegetable pasta salad

Healthy Vegetable Pasta Salad

This lovely salad is colorful and appealing, and it is so easy to put together. The pasta is cooked and allowed to cool, and then you can add blanched broccoli, tomato, olives, cheese, and more. The dressing is homemade too, and the flavors in that will go beautifully with the flavors in the salad itself. If you want to add some toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts, feel free, and you can also use half mozzarella and half blue cheese or feta if you like.

If you are wondering how to ensure your broccoli stays bright green, even after cooking it, the answer is you need to plunge it in boiling water for 2 minutes, then immediately plunge it into a bowl of ice water. This is the secret behind setting the color and keeping it vivid green. This is a lovely trick you can use to keep your broccoli looking as delicious as possible.

You can serve this as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish. It is also nice with steak. If you want to serve the salad as your entrée, you can do that, and it will be perfectly satisfying. It also travels well so you might like to consider this for a potluck meal or as a picnic dish. Whether you make the recipe exactly as written or tweak some of the ingredients to suit what you have in the refrigerator or what your palate prefers, you can be sure of a lovely result. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

Even if you are brand new to this cuisine, you will be able to find all kinds of tempting recipes here. I have been collecting classic Italian recipes, all conveniently in one place, along with unusual recipes from Italy plus some dishes inspired by Italian cuisine.

When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole


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