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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Greek Pasta Salad

I'm always looking for healthy and yummy recipes that are good for work/school week lunches.  It's an added bonus if these meals don't have to be heated, since I have limited portable glassware and heating meals in plastics is a no-no.  So, this recipe fits the bill--heart-healthy Mediterranean foods (olive oil, vinegar, feta, peppers, olives)--and it requires no re-heating.  Plus, we have a fall BBQ at a friend's house this weekend and this will make a nice side dish for the burgers.  Thus, eat this salad as a side dish or as a meal!

1 Box Whole-Wheat Penne Pasta (or Fusilli, or Falafel, or whatever your heart desires)

1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced
1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
2 Cans Sliced Olives
1 Can or Jar Artichokes
1/2 Cup Crumbled Reduced-Fat Feta Cheese
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3-4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (or Red Wine Vinegar)
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped (or 2 tsp. Minced Garlic)
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Pepper

1.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Rinse with water and drain.
2.  Combine the diced peppers, olives, artichokes, feta, and pasta in a bowl.
3.  Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt & pepper. Pour over pasta/veggie mixture.   Stir well or lightly toss to coat.  Serve immediately or chilled.


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