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Old 03-10-2007, 03:50 PM   #1
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Cold Italian Pasta Salad - TNT

Spring is in the air, so I went through my recipes to find something light & healthy with lots of veggies. This dish is filling on its own, but you could serve with grilled salmon or chicken - or add chunks of cooked salmon or chicken to the dish.

12 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts with liquid
1/4 cup oil-packed, sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
A few Tbls. red wine vinegar - to taste
1 Tbls. chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)
1/2 pound mozzarella, fresh, cubed or diced
Salt & freshly-gound black pepper, to taste
1 med yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
1/2 lb pasta shells (tri-color rotini or penne)
Fresh green beans, (about 2 cups) trimmed and cut in half or about 2" lengths

Cook pasta until al dente Meanwhile, steam green beans and squash until tender. Rinse under cold water and drain.

Drain pasta, rinse under cold water and drain again. Combine green beans, squash, artichokes w liquid, sun-dried tomatoes, red wine vinegar, oregano, cheese, s&p in a large serving bowl. Refrigerate a few hours & serve cold.

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Old 03-10-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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I like the looks of this one...I love the ingredients by themselves..together it has to be delicious..How can it not be?

Thanks for sharing!!
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I love dishes like this that can be a side or a main if you just add some chunked chicken! GREAT recipe mish.
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Good one Mish,
didn't get to shop today birthday party for Carson..But I will get some goodies and make one this week, spring or no spring, rain or shine Thanks.

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Old 03-11-2007, 06:18 PM   #5
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I like the looks of this one...I love the ingredients by themselves..together it has to be delicious..How can it not be?

Thanks for sharing!!
You are very welcome, Mr. Clark err Rhett err Uncle Bob.

Another green bean combo I'm fond of is cold green beans & red potatoes (replacing the pasta), w or w/o the moot zah rell ah. But, that's a whole other recipe. Hope you enjoy.
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:23 PM   #6
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I love dishes like this that can be a side or a main if you just add some chunked chicken! GREAT recipe mish.
Me too, Elfie. You are very welcome.

During the summer (when it's too hot to blink - or a weekend as warm as this one has been), I make up a big pasta salad w veggies & keep refrigerated in a big Dutch Oven. For dessert, I have a big, juicy, fuzzy peach or fruit salad, and I'm good to go. (I get cranky w/o my daily dose of fruit, lol.)
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:26 PM   #7
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Ok you can stop now...I have to watch my weight This stuff(idea), my dear lady is not helping It is sooooooooo tempting!
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Good one Mish,
didn't get to shop today birthday party for Carson..But I will get some goodies and make one this week, spring or no spring, rain or shine Thanks.

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Happy belated birthday to Carson Whew, it looks like 'shine' this week -- about 85-90, for us. Kads, after you make the dish & put it in the fridge, wanna sneak off to an a/c food court with me? lol. j/k. Hope you all enjoy.
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Happy belated birthday to Carson Whew, it looks like 'shine' this week -- about 85-90, for us. Kads, after you make the dish & put it in the fridge, wanna sneak off to an a/c food court with me? lol. j/k. Hope you all enjoy.
I'd love to sneak off anytime It was pretty warm here today but so nice..DH got a lot done in the backyard with help from son-in-law..Ahhh tuesday I can start putting in some hardy new plants yippee. And wed I'll make the salad...

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That sounds right up my alley, Mish. Thanks!!
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