Pasta salad, a quick and easy meal with boiled pasta and veggies of choice put together with minimal dressing.
If you are following me in FB/instagram, you must have noticed that i m sharing a lot of salad pictures recently. Yes, we are including a salad everyday as part of our regular meal.
I keep the dressing minimal and use just ACV, salt and pepper. If you don’t like ACV you can use lemon juice instead. Salads help us to eat fresh veggies as much as possible. Something very simple to include as part of our daily routine, that gives so much health benefits.
Coming to todays recipe, who doesn’t love pasta? Both my kids love pasta, and because of them i learned to cook it properly. I can proudly say, i do have a winning pasta dish which i m yet to post in my blog.
Today’s pasta salad, is quick and easy recipe that can be made even by a kid. This recipe was shared by asiya omar ji, a fellow blogger who brought this oasta salad for one our bloggers meet. The salad was super hit and we immediately asked for the recipe, she too shared it with us.
it is a very simple recipe, just cook pasta according to package instructions, add some fresh veggies and lentils, dress according to your preference and tada it is done.
- Pasta, i have used fusilli, you can use any medium pasta variety, you can use elbow pasta or even farfalle.
- Vegetables, go ahead and be creative, i have used carrots and peas, cherry tomatoes in this salad recipe. You can also include cucumbers and bellpeppers too
- Lentils/Legumes, i have used cooked ground nuts/peanuts in the salad, it is purely optional
- Dressing, I have kept it simple with Olive oil. pepper and red chili powder.
- ½ cup fusilli pasta or elbow pasta or farfalle
- ¼ cup frozen green peas
- ¼ cup ground nuts
- ¼ cup shredded carrots
- 2 nos cherry tomatoes
- salt to taste
- Cajun spicemix
- Red chilli powder
- Blackpepper powder
- Chili oil
- Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Take care the pasta should be cooked al dente.
- Cook peanuts with little salt, until soft. Drain the excess water and keep aside. Add Frozen peas to 1/2 cup of water and microwave high for 5 minutes.
- Drain the excess water and keep aside. The drained water from all this can be used in soups or in rasam or any other gravies.
- Now let's put the salad together. In a large bowl, add pasta, the cooked peanuts and peas. Add shredded carrots. Add your desired seasoning as per your choice.
- I have used 2 pinches of red chilli powder ,a pinch of pepper powder and salt. Drizzled olive oil on top. Garnished it with cherry tomatoes and serve.
- You can also add cucumbers, capsicum and onions to the salad.
- You can also use boiled chickpeas instead of peanuts. Or any other boiled beans instead of peanuts.
- A tadka of fresh green chili can also be tried, instead of other seasonings.
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