Friday, August 3, 2012

ITALIAN PASTA SALAD






Summer Supper ~ Light and Easy





River Market
Heirloom pink Tomatoes






Saturday I will be the Guest Blogger at my friend Diann's Blog, The Thrifty Groove. Thank You Diann, I am thrilled to do a post for you. 

I found inspiration for this post at our local River Market. Located on the river downtown you will find flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, jellies and relish while listening to local musicians. Local farmers are here three times each week and I usually go once a week to buy fresh produce. Today I was hoping to find fresh herbs for a pasta salad my daughter-in-law makes. I always enjoy when she serves it so I asked her for her recipe. This recipe is perfect for summer, it's light, healthy and easy to make. 


Check Out my Recipe Here




A nice glass of Red, now let's cook!





Ingredients

Italian Pasta Salad

Pasta (I'm using Bow Ties)
Feta Cheese (Big Chunks)
Fresh Herbs (anything you like)
Cherry Tomatoes
Spring Onions
Black or Kalamata Olives
Cubed Fresh Squash


Dressing 

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic






Chop herbs and spring onions






Juice of One Lemon, Squeezed 





In a small sauce pan saute squash in small amount of olive oil




In a deep pot add water and salt, bring to boil








Add Pasta and cook, remove while still firm, or Al denta




 Drain



Add Herbs and Onions, Tomatoes, Olives, Feta, and Squash





Mix Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and Garlic together




Pour over Pasta and Mix





Asparagus grilled or cooked in oven tossed in Olive Oil and Celery Salt




Grilled Chicken







A light supper of Chicken, Pasta Salad and Asparagus




We have been having such a hot summer I've been looking for recipes to serve that are healthy and light and easy to prepare. I want to thank my daughter-in-law Catherine for sharing her grandma's recipe. My friend Diann will also be happy to know this is a very thrifty meal. Please do stop in over at The Thrifty Groove and say hello.

56 comments:

  1. Yea! The new post arrived in my email. I'm back in the know when you post. This is a gorgeous post, Emily. I'll be passing this recipe on to the chef here. ;-) Love seeing your new copper pieces. You are going to so enjoy using these beauties.
    Have a great day! ~ sarah

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  2. LOVE this post!!! :D We are in the midst of packing, and will be in Tuscaloosa all weekend. *sadface* I will miss my girl!

    I think sipping on a bit of wine while cooking make everything better! This recipe looks fantastic! :D Your copper pots are absolutely lovely. I have always wanted a set of copper pots! You are one lucky lady!!!

    Enjoy your weekend and your new cookware, my friend!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  3. That is one delicious looking meal! And won't add the pounds! Love your new cookware - so beautiful!
    Gloria

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  4. Delicious, Emily! I wish I had a bowl all ready to eat right now. xo

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  5. I love pasta salad, sugar!!! Especially macaroni salad. Came over from Pink Saturday to meet you.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  6. Yum! What a delicious post, Emily! Love pasta salad. Love the copper too! Thanks for sharing and visiting. Have a lovely weekend and Happy Pinks!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. Everything looks so delicious! How do you think that pasta salad would taste with a different cheese? I can't eat goat cheeses. My a nice bleu? Your copper pots are gorgeous!
    Visiting from Pink Saturday,
    Robin

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  8. That's supposed to say "maybe a nice bleu?" :-)

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  9. Emily, what a great post! This looks like something I may have to try this weekend!

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  10. Yummy looking dish, the grilled chicken looks so delicious. On these hot days--light just feels right!
    Ann

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  11. HI
    I know I met you at Anita's Paris Party...but somehow I never added you to my blog list...I am So happy I found you over at The Shop around the Corner!!!
    I love your dinner menu....I got hooked on Olives while in Europe last summer....So happy to have heard they sell OLIVES as a food choice at the Olympic Games!!
    I will be back!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  12. Those pink tomatoes are amazing! I didn't know they could come in that colour. Nature is indeed wonderful!

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  13. Your pasta salad looks so good, Emily. Thanks for the recipe. And I love your copperware! I have a set but I don't use them and would love to start using them. Any good tips about keeping them nice even after use?...Christine

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  14. Oh wow! That looks so yummy and pretty easy~ I'm going to have to try this!!!
    xo
    Olivia

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  15. Absolutely divine. I have visited three blogs this morning with amazing food. I must cook something. ;) Your menu is perfection!! Love your pots too.
    Thank you for stopping by the shop.
    Enjoy your Saturday.
    PS-Love the music.
    XOXO's,
    Marcia

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  16. We love to have a "Tuscan" style dinner in the hot weather. Baguettes, cheeses, slices meats, melons, tomatoes of course. Basically a platter of fresh market foods and no cooking in sight.
    I love pasta salads but my husband does not. More for me and yours looks delicious. How do you like cooking with your copper pots? Do you have to change your recipes at all?

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  17. Yummy Emily and I like to make my own dressing too. Yay you are on my blog roll.

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  18. I'm new follower and pinterest also,this looks so yummy fresh...love your photo's and blog.

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  19. Hi Emily,

    This looks and is no doubt delicious. Many thanks for sharing.
    Have a glorious weekend
    Helenxx

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  20. Wow - now I'm hungry! That looks and sounds so good. By the way, your copper pot is almost too pretty to cook in! Also, I love your header photos!
    Cindy

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  21. How lovely!

    My PINK, your comment is always highly appreciated! Have a great weekend.

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  22. What a beautiful, colorful, healthy meal...perfect for Summer!!

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  23. Hearty salad! Playing catch up with Pink Saturday, didn't want to miss all the beautiful entries this week.

    My PINK
    Your comment is always appreciated.
    Have a blessed Sunday.

    Rose

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  24. Lovely summer salad. Nothing like fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes. I am in love with your copper cookware. Your photos are very vibrant as well. I just signed up as your newest follower. I hope you stop by for a visit.

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  25. This has GOT to be the most beautiful recipe I've ever seen.

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  26. Everything looks fresh and delicious!Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  27. This menu sounds so delish that you have made the decision of what we will have for dinner tonight! Love your pics and what fun it was to see the pink heirloom tomatoes!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  28. Hmmmm...what a pretty supper. Pink tomatoes...haven't seen that variety yet. Wondering if they taste the same as red ones.

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  29. YUM! Fresh, bright, colorful, beautiful and makes my mouth water!

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  30. Mmmm - that would be like a trip to the Italian seaside!

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  31. Now that is an awesome supper. Nothing could beat those fresh herbs and vegetables. By the way my first to see a pink tomatoes how does it taste? Thanks for the visit!


    Kim,USA

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  32. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe. I will be trying this meal. Have a great week ahead.

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  33. This is the most beautiful culinary post! Your images really tell a scrumptious story!!!! Just gorgeous!
    Please come and join ON THE MENU MONDAY with this delicious post!

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  34. This sounds sooooooooooo good. We have been eating a lot of salads too. Just way too hot. I can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for joining TTT. I love your copper pans too, stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  35. Love those copper pots and pans...wish I could splurge! The pasta salad made with fresh veggies and olives, yum, add along side the chicken...yum, yum~

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  36. such a delightful, tasty post! The pink tomatoes I wonder how tasty?

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  37. Excellent post ~ Delish! Great photography and cute grand son (A Creative Harbor)

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  38. My taste buds are waiting to eat this divine dinner. What a lovely post.
    Joyce M

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  39. HI!!!
    Oh my this is a feast for my eyes as well as my taste buds, I am tasting it over here as it looks so divine!!!I wish we could share with each other right through the screen!!!!
    your pics make it come alive!!!!Love the pasta and the veggies and love your copper pot!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  40. Mmmmm, love the look of your pasta salad and all the fixins as well. Outside for a lovely meal works for me. Pass the wine. Smile.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  41. Calling by as another participant from Outdoor Wednesday by coincidence from Italy, so a nice surprise to find another Italian themed post.

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  42. Earlier in the week I made a cherry tomato, mozzarella, basil salad.

    Popped in from Wow Us Wednesday ~

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  43. Emily I loved everything about this post starting from the glass of red wine, your beautiful copper pots, the YUMMY dinner and the great music!!

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  44. I love pasta salad!

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  45. Oh. I am hungry now!! And I have planted heirloom tomatoes and they are so good!! Thanks for linking in, Happy VTT

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  46. This looks lovely and I'll bet tastes just as great. What beautiiful food!

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  47. This is just glorious--I am swooning over your amazing copper pots, and the feast that you prepared--perfect! I love Greek salads in the summer, with fresh tomato, cuke, basil and salad greens, preferably all from my garden, but from the farmers' market if not.

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  48. Yummy salad, my husband makes one very similiar to this one and it is delish. Beautiful pots and pictures are great too.

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  49. Wow! Such delightful images. Now, I'm hungry :)

    Cheers ... visiting from REDnesday!

    Tito Eric of Panglao Island
    http://turningboholano.blogspot.com/2012/08/zadig-by-voltaire.html

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  50. Emily, This looks delicious! I am headed to the farmers market tomorrow so I can make this dish. Love your copper pots.

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  51. Although your entire meal looks wonderful
    I would be happy with just the past salad.
    That is my kind of food. Also, love the
    copper pots.. I'd have to not cook in it
    to keep it nice..lol
    Nice photos
    Sandy

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  52. Yummy salad! I love your cooper pot! Sigh!
    Glad to be here and hope you visit soon!

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  53. I am not sure which delighted me the most - the gorgeous summer vegies and herbs, the delicious pasta and grilled chicken or your fabulous copper pots! All together delighted my heart! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  54. This looks absolutely delish! Love that amazing copper pot!!

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  55. Hello Emily: What a wonderful pasta salad recipe, and your photos are a delight. Love the copper pots--what beautiful handles they have. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving a sweet comment--I do appreciate it very much!

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