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Summer Pasta Salad June 5, 2011

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:35 pm

I was inspired to make this delicious summer pasta salad after viewing the great looking salads behind the glass counter at Earth Fare.  With summer heat upon us, I like to use my oven less and cook out more!  It makes my job easier and gets my hubby involved in the cooking, plus keeps my kitchen cooler!  A pasta salad is quite filling, and added to a grilled meat, is a perfect summer time dinner.

First, I boiled 12 oz whole grain penne pasta, drained, and tossed with a little olive oil and vinegar salad dressing.  I put this in the refrigerator to cool.  Right before dinner, I added the following to my pasta:  goat cheese crumbles, raw spinach, pitted kalamata olives, chopped cucumber, white kidney beans, and chopped pepperoni.  You really have the freedom to add anything you like:  red bell pepper, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, a different pasta, etc.

I tossed with more olive oil and vinegar dressing and served.  My family loved it (except Logan and I are the only ones who liked the olives!)!  I must share a picture of our grilled chicken that went along with our salad last night.  It not only looks great, it tasted great!  Kudos to Brad for being an awesome griller!