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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe

So guess what? I finally COOKED something on Saturday! Introducing: Mediterranean Pasta Salad. Simple and delicious.

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Between all the travel in August and the crazy heat during the rest of the summer, I either haven’t had the opportunity to cook or have just been feeling very unmotivated to turn on the stove for anything more than scrambled eggs. Not that pasta is all that complicated, but you know what I mean :)

Saturday morning while hunkered down during the hurricane was the first time I’ve felt inspired in ages! Here’s hoping my cooking mojo is returning :) I made another recipe on Saturday as well that I’ll be sharing next week!

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Serves about 6

This recipe is quick and simple but very delicious. To amp up the nutrition, feel free to add in some zucchini or squash as well — either raw or lightly steamed — or even some wilted spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 5 & 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat/grain pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (13.75 oz) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 (2.25 oz.) can pitted and sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or use 1/2 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional but recommended!)

Instructions:

1) Bring a large pot of water on the stove to a boil, then add pasta. Cook according to package directions.

2) Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl. Once the pasta is cooked, drained, and cooled for a few minutes, add it into the bowl and mix. Add salt to taste, if desired. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

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I completely forgot to add in the feta — major fail! It was still delicious without it though, too :)

For the pasta, I used a mix of some Jovial Foods samples I received at the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference I went to in Colorado earlier this summer.

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I tried two different kinds of their pasta — first, the whole grain einkorn penne. Einkorn apparently has lots of protein, fiber, and B vitamins — so it’s especially great for vegans and vegetarians (and everyone else, too).

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I also tried the gluten-free brown rice pasta.

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Both were delicious and tasted like completely normal pasta to me. Highly recommended! I assume you can find Jovial Foods products at health foods stores like Whole Foods, but there’s a store locator on their website, too.

I’m off to class — we have a biochem quiz this morning, bah. Wish me luck! And later this afternoon I’m flying up to DC for a big family event for a couple days. I should still be blogging, but just in case I’m a bit MIA, that’s why :)

Ta-ta for now, friends!

p.s. Please check out my guest post over on the Attune Foods blog today:Five Reasons Why I Love the Healthy Living Summit!”

Comments

  1. 1

    This pasta salad sounds delicious! I love Mediterranean flavors and artichoke hearts are one of my favorites!

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    Yippee! the recipe is up! I was really looking forward to this one, and it looks great. I love any excuse to have artichokes in something :)

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    Love this recipe idea!:) it is perfect for the end of summer! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    This recipe looks great!

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    this pasta looks great! def. will try out this recipe, looks perfect for me, simple and colorful!

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    OOOOh. I want this (with the feta!!!)

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    Pat Elsberry says:

    The pasta looks great! Will have to see if I can get Jovial a Fresh Market. I made a Sweet Potato Quinoa dish the other night and thought of you! It was delicious if I say so myself!! Enjoy this week!! :)

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    Looks healthy and delicious. :)

    Good luck on your quiz—quizzes are NO fun!

  9. 11

    This looks soooo good!!!! I LOVE artichoke hearts!! I’m thinking of making this and adding in some eggplant!

    Fly safely!

  10. 12

    This looks delicious! I especially love that you used whole grain pasta. Tasty and fiber-licious. I can’t wait to try this at home!

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    Thanks for the heads up on the GF pasta. Always looking for something along those lines.

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    I think I would eat that whole bowl in one sitting! I love whole wheat pasta. I’ve never tried gluten free pasta…something new for me to look forward to! Also, my favorite recipes are ones that call for ingredients that I pretty much have on hand…which is basically this one…thanks for the recipe!

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    YUM! That looks super delicious and easy… I love Mediterranean flavors….I might have to throw this together this week! It would be great with white beans to take for lunch!

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    This salad looks so delicious. Was looking for new salad recipes and looks like I found a great one! Love that you used the healthier pastas in it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    My tummy is full. Just made and ate some of your Mediterranean salad recipe. It was scrumptious. Best part were my home grown tomatoes and basil. Yummy

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    Wow. This looks fall-ly and more important, heavenly! Can’t wait to try this out!

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    This looks so good! I love anything Greek inspired with Feta and olives in it!

  18. 21

    This looks like the perfect late summer meal! Yum!

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    Just voted for you for best Inspirational Healthy Tweep. Good Luck

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    Artichoke-YUM!!

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    Jen Robinson says:

    i’ve had it in my head to try a pasta salad for awhile so i think i’m going to get on it! Gretch gave me a sample of the einkorn penne and i have to say i thought it was very tasty!

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