Tuesday, October 25, 2011

80--- Pasta "Salad"

This came from a dream. Or a craving.

It's a pasta SALAD. Get it? PASTA salad. Ha ha! Terrific for a light meal, or as a side.

Pasta "Salad"
Serves 6

12 oz uncooked whole wheat penne pasta, prepared al dente
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped coarsely
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
4 cups salad blend of choice (I used a lovely herbs and greens mixture)

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, pressed and finely minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Add all dressing ingredients to a jar. Seal and shake until well-combined.

Toss salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately (I had leftovers the next day and it was still SPECTACULAR).

Nutrition Info per ~1 cup: 200 calories, 7 g fat, 6 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber

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