Jun 27, 2010

summer garden pasta salad

Summer time is wonderful for bright, vibrant vegetables. Showcasing them simply in a light pasta salad is not only ideal, but imperative. Adding some cannellini beans and a garlic crostini (toast with fresh garlic rubbed on it) makes this a complete meal. I make Sunday's lunch lite because Sunday's dinner is a family favorite and more often than not is either a heavy meal or more involved to prepare. A lite lunch balances things out.

This pasta salad has broccoli, asparagus, red bell peppers and green onions that I lightly sauteed for a few minutes until they were just crisp. I added sliced grape tomatoes, some vinegar and a few tablespoons of olive oil and a few fresh herbs. Great flavors, little time.

Cost Breakdown:
asparagus: $3
1/2 bell pepper: $1
1 bunch broccoli: $2
green onions and garlic: $1
herbs: $1
tomatoes: $2
pasta: $.50
beans: $2
bread: $1
Total to feed  a family of 6:


  1. mmm this looks great! ive been craving a pasta salad. i think im going to make this next week...thank you for the recipe

  2. I saw the photo first on Foodbuzz and I knew I had to get the recipe. Also I just had to have one more look at this gorgeous salad :)

  3. Thank you, guys! I'll have the official recipe up by tonight :)


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