Monday, April 8, 2013

Greek Pasta Salad

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Who is ready for fresh veggie salads and cold pasta dishes?!?  I know I am!  The weather has been great here!  Temps in the low 70's, but don't worry it is changing fast and will be chilling down by Wednesday.  This wonderful weather has me in the mood for fresh veggies.  I can't wait to go shopping on the farm.  Most of the local farms have been posting all these great pics on Facebook of fresh planting and working to get everything ready for the grow season.  Nothing like fresh local products :)

This dish combines all of my favorite flavors that remind me of summer and spring.  It's incredibly easy to make and the kids loved it!  Give this one a try!  You will be happy you did!














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16 oz bowtie pasta, cooked and drained
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced fine
1 cucumber, peeled seeded and diced
1 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1 1/2 cups feta cheese
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 TBS minced garlic
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
  • In a tall bowl or glass add juice and zest of lemon, minced garlic, parsley, oregano, sugar, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil 
  • Using an immersion blender, blend until fully combined
  • Pour half of the vinaigrette over the cooked pasta and refrigerate while prepping your veggies
  • Add the green pepper, onion, cucumber, kalamata olives, tomatoes, cheese, and remaining vinaigrette to the pasta
  • Toss well to coat, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours
Now a nice big glass of peach green tea and I feel like I am enjoying dinner on a nice summer night.  And the best part is this dish is pretty good for you too.  So pull up a chair and enjoy!

Below is the nutritional value per serving.  This recipe yields approximately 8 servings.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 211 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
482
Calories from Fat
305
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
33.9g
52%
Saturated Fat
8.1g
41%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
611mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates
38.4g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3.0g
12%
Sugars
5.1g
Protein
10.1g
Vitamin A 10%Vitamin C 31%
Calcium 17%Iron 14%
Nutrition Grade C+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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22 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to try this. Just looking at the picture already makes my mouth water! LOL

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    1. It is delicious! We had it for lunch the next day and it was still very good (if not better!). It went pretty fast too. Yum!

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  2. I had my eye on this when you posted it on your menu recently. As usual, my kind of recipe!

    Thanks for linking this week, Erika.

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    1. Thank you :) I hope you get to try this one soon! It is soooooo good!

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  3. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday party!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

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  4. With summer come up, this will be a great salad to serve at picnics. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful looking dish.

    Consider yourself hugged,
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    1. Thank you :) It is definitely a yummy one! Enjoy :)

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  5. Your salad looks really refreshing........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  6. YUMMY!! This sounds so spring-y/summer-y... Can't wait for warmer weather!! =) Thanks for linking up at our Pinterest Power Party!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  7. We are still chilly here in NY... but we have warm moments. I will keep your pasta in mind. Thank you for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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    1. We are back to chilly again! Our weather keeps bouncing back and forth so I keep taking advantage of the nice days while we have them :)

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  8. I just love the Greek flavor and this salad looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Greek flavor is one of my favorites! So fresh and yummy :)

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  9. What a great spring recipe! Love the colors! And that you have the nutrition facts available! If you're linking up this weekend I'd love if you shared your pasta salad at All Things Pretty. http://sparklesandastove.com/all-things-pretty-thursday-linky-party-3/

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    1. Sounds great! I will hop on over and check it out :)

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  10. Looks yummy!

    I would love for you to link this up at Empty Your Archive link party - there is a special focus this week on fabulous pasta recipes, Alice x

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  11. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe at All Things Pretty. It is one of the features this week. Hope you'll come back and share again and grab a button!

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    1. Awesome! I will definitely grab the button to share :)

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