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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Garden Fresh Vegetable Rotini Salad


Considering this was the first year of home gardening,with limited space and brief abandonment during the vacation,it was a pretty good harvest over all.Herbs like cilantro and mint for some reason did not thrive,but thyme and fenugreek were in abundance.Carrots,kale,lettuce,okra,peppers and tomatoes turned out to be a great start for a beginner gardener like me.

Wish I had the right tool to dig out the carrots,it seemed forever to dig deep enough to get the them out whole.Since these were organic the size was smaller and taster was less sweeter.If you have noticed,these were also unique in its shades of color,from light orange to dark purple(I could not get the picture of that deep purple one though).A Pasta Salad suites best with such garden fresh vegetables,juicy and nutritious with no cooking required except for the pasta.

The pasta salad is my entry for Presto Pasta nights,hosted this week by Claudia of Honey from a Rock

Recipe :Garden fresh Vegetable Rotini Salad
Serves 2-3
Ingredients
1/2 pound Whole grain Rotini pasta.
2 medium carrots,cut in long thin strips
1 cup tender salad greens(I used baby kale,carrot greens)
1 cup cherry tomatoes,halved
1 big clove garlic,minced
3-4 small sweet peppers,seeded and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
2 tablespoon fresh parsley,finely chopped

Method
Cook the pasta until al-dente(not soft but with a bite to it) as per the package directions.Drain and cool.Transfer in a large salad bowl.
Make the dressing by whisking the oil with vinegar,salt,pepper and parsley.Pour over the pasta,toss in rest of the vegetables and combine well.Serve immediately or could be keep an hour to let the flavors fuse.



Make no mistake,the succulent garden fresh okra stir fry does not go with pasta,its a perfect complement with flat bread or brown rice.Find the recipe of Okra stir fry here.

An important note about the Health Nut Challenge,I am unable to continue it due to time constraints.But I promise to post the round up of Tropical temptations as soon as I can squeeze in time to work on it.

27 comments:

Happy Cook said...

Wish I had your garden. The pasta salade looks so refreshing and yumm.

meeso said...

What a gorgeous and healthy salad!

Jennifurla said...

This is just beautiful and refreshing

sangeeta said...

Garden fresh , pasta salad is the first thing i think of when there is something fresh in the garden . And the fresh okra has a different feel altogether.

Joanne said...

How gorgeous! You have such a prolific garden. Knowing that all these ingredients are oh so local must make them taste THAT much better.

Jay said...

Such a wonderful post...am drooling right now here...

Tasty Appetite

Priya said...

Thats a beautiful looking salad, wish i had a garden rite now, nothing will beat the fresh veggies na..

VineelaSiva said...

Great salad bcos of using home grown veggies.Its really nice.

Suja Sugathan said...

Garden fresh healthy salad..they must taste much better..so good

divya said...

Such a wonderful post...am drooling right now here...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

You post is making me want to grow my own vegetables. Salad looks colorful and mouthwatering!

Jhonny walker said...

Yasmin ...that is my favorite way of having pasta-salad. I make it a lot. Except I don't have your garden. I have applied for a garden spot and hopefully if I can get my hands onto one of them, I can grow some veggies

excellent post

Nitha said...

Lovely garden... thats really a great job dear... Kudos to you..

Rumana Rawat said...

Wow... looks fabulous:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A splendid salad!

Cheers,

Rosa

IPL Laser Systems said...

Yes I know all types salad is good for health but which one is gorgeous tell me

nazarina said...

Love your vibrant, mouthwatering salads.We had the same problem removing carrots last year, so this year, we abandoned the idea of planting them. Your pics are as usual the epitome of beauty and love!

so sorry for my absence, I was terrible preoccupied with a tiny little munchkin!Boy is this hard work!!!!

Claudia said...

Your garden and Garden Salad both sound inspiring. I've got to start getting more veggies in my little plots.

jennynoowyn said...

That okra looks so good!

Garden Gnome said...

This all looks really delicious actually. Make room for the cheddar-fried cherry coke balls, though. Balance in all things

coolblogger said...

This one is a keeper. And lovely snap!

Stephen said...

Ohhh la la! I looooveee the salad..! A mouth watering dish and a very nutritious one..

Dr. Sasha said...

Hi,
You have great work with quality pictures and detail.
keep up the creative work.

Pushpa said...

Refreshing and fresh salad,must have tasted superb...

Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

Buy Crestor said...

That Garden Fresh Vegetable Rotini Salad is looking refreshing. i am loving healthy salad.

Hannah said...

Yasmeen, what camera are you using in taking your pictures? They look really good. Anyway, another recipe, another food to drool on... Delicious!

Natural way to wellness

Ron Mylar said...

When we have our own garden and that is the kitchen garden then we get our self as these types of the things from our garden.

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