Thursday, 9 April 2015

Fruit-Veg Pasta Salad !




Some regular readers of my blog would have known well about my love for pasta and other Italian dishes too. But off late i have been consuming too much of butter , cream and cheese and i decided to make some healthy dish with pasta. 
This pasta salad would have been more healthier with whole wheat pasta which  unfortunately was out of stock in my pantry and i went ahead with normal pasta. 
I should really mention that it was too much filling and couldn't finish a bowl..I personally liked the sweetness of pineapple and creamy avocado when really bored with the cucumbers and broccoli.
   



INGREDIENTS
  • 70 gms pasta (preferbaly fusili / penne / macaroni)
  • Few sliced English Cucumber
  • fistful of chopped red and green bell peppers
  • few broccoli florets ( blanched)
  • one onion sliced
  • few lettuce leaves
  • 7 to 8 baby tomatoes halved
  • half avocado chopped
  • 8 to 10 green grapes halved
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 2 pineapple rings (chopped)
  • half a lemon
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (and other herbs if needed)
  • a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Olive oil



 STEPS
  • Boil the pasta in enough water with salt until al-dente.
  • In a big bowl, take the boiled pasta and then throw in the peppers, onion, cucumbers and blanched broccoli.
  • Sprinkle some salt and add crushed black pepper and toss well.


  • Season with the dried herbs (oregano and other herbs like thyme/parsley/ rosemary).
  • Squeeze in the lemon juice and also add fresh chopped parsley if u like    ( I didnt have parsley)


  • Now its time to add all the fruits... Throw in the baby tomatoes, grapes, pomegranate seeds and pineapples and toss well.
  • Finally tear some lettuce leaves and add them to the salad.
  • Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil and give a nice mix. SERVE.. 
  • How nice it is to have a dish with very minimum cooking and with all fresh and healthy ingredients.!!




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Try this simple salad and keep your family healthy !

With Love,

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