Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Veggie Feta Pasta Salad

I've been experimenting lately on ways to use feta (LOVE) and various pasta salads since I love pasta and veggies and get bored with the typical pasta salad all the time.

This was pretty easy and tasty.

I cooked the pasta.

I chopped up everything.

I combined EVOO, garlic powder, juice of a lemon, salt and pepper.

I drained and rinsed a can of beans.

Mixed everything together.  YUMMMMMMMMMY.

2 cups rotini (i used a wheat kind and it was a little too thick for this in my opinion and my hubbys)
1/2 a cucumber cut quartered and diced
1 can white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tomato, chopped
red onion, as much as you want
orange pepper, as much as you want
feta cheese, as much as you want
3 tablespoons EVOO
1 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste

Yumm.  I will say that my husband was not a fan because of the pasta I used and because the dressing wasn't enough in his opinion.  And I agree on the dressing, I think the pasta absorbed it and then made it a tad dry.

No worries, I pulled out creamy Italian dressing and ate it with it when I pulled it out because I made enough I could eat out of it all week.  And since my husband didn't like it, I added in green olives.  I also had pre-cooked flavored grilled chicken strips that I added.  Yummmm. 

I really loved it, but would make it with different pasta and adjust the dressing.  I think a cesearish dressing would be the best.

What is your favorite summer side salad?

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