Simply Whole Kitchen

May 9, 2011

Recipe: Greek Pasta Salad

I almost feel like I am cheating by posting this recipe because it is so easy and is really just a put together recipe and not my own creation. But it is delicious, light, and travels well as I found out this weekend!

G and I went to his parents for a delicious and fun mother's day lunch. It was a perfect day for sitting on the patio and watching our niece and nephew play in the sun.

I also find that lately I am almost "pushing" my diet on others in order to make my self feel more like it is 'normal' and that I 'fit-in'....for example, last week we held a 'end of the year picnic' at work. I was in charge of bringing the hamburger buns. Of course I picked up a bag of 100% whole wheat for myself and then picked-up 'honey-wheat' buns for everyone else. I assumed that since I work at a recreation center, that most of my colleagues would want to eat wheat buns (especially since 'honey wheat' is not really wheat, just a white bun with some wheat flour thrown in)...I was wrong. They wanted white and some felt that I was "pushing my diet" on them by bringing all 'wheat' options. Thankfully another co-worker also brought white buns forgetting I was supposed to bring them so my co-workers were appeased and I got to eat a bun on my sandwich so I was happy to.

Well, I really don't have to do this with my in-laws because they eat pretty healthy already, but I was very excited to oblige when asked to bring a whole wheat side dish and then could easily avoid the Stouffers mac-n-cheese (insert small sniffle) by filling my plate with all of the other delicious options. And I was super excited to see everyone enjoying my side dish too!

The hardest part of this recipe was finding a 'Greek vinaigrette' that was either sugar free or low in sugar. If you check your dressing labels, most dressings are full of sugar. This is something that takes work but can be avoided and will save you many unnecessary calories. You can find this dressing in the refrigerated dressing section which is actually in the produce department (at Publix) near the bagged lettuce. And this bottled dressing as zero grams of sugar! Here is the easy recipe, enjoy!

Greek Pasta Salad
1 lb 100% whole wheat pasta (I used mini bow-tie noodles)
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 pkg cheery or grape tomatoes, quartered (or halved, depending on the size)
1/4 purple onion, finely diced
1/2 can chopped black olive
1/2 c - 3/4 c Marie's Greek Vinaigrette Dressing
1/2 c feta cheese (I used the one with garlic and herbs)

Finely dice the veggies so that they all are approximately the same size. Since I used mini pasta noodles, mine were smaller diced. I think this also helps with the blending of the ingredients.

Boil the pasta per package directions but make sure to not overcook. You want the pasta to still have a little bite to it. Once it is cooked, drain and run cool water over the pasta to stop the cooking and cool the noodles.

Toss the pasta with the veggies and top with the dressing and the cheese. You can use any dressing you want here really. Marie's is important to use only if you are watching your sugar. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Cristen said...

Yummy! And, thanks for the Greek dressing recommendation. We are always looking for more no sugar dressings to vary our options!

May 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

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