Summer is in full swing here, complete with hot and humid weather, sprinklers, running around outside, going for walks, and enjoying life.
My cooking inspiration has completely fallen off. I think that happens in the summer. It is hot, who wants to cook.
Because of that I have been trying to make some salads to have on hand. I’m sure I’m not the only one!
Having food on hand that we can just grab out of the fridge makes my life so much easier – not only in the summer. I feel like a little bit of effort on the weekend helps my weeks become a little easier in the kitchen.
This week I have been all about Kalamata olives. My kids love them, and so do I. Because of that, I thought a little Greek Inspired Pasta Salad would be perfect for us.
Greek Inspired Pasta Salad
1 12oz box of pasta
2 tomatoes seeded and chopped
1/2 of an onion thinly sliced
1 seedless cucumber peeled and chopped
2/3 of a bottle of Annie’s Naturals Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup Kalamata olives chopped
Boil the pasta in salted water. Cool pasta. Add veggies, olives, and dressing. Top with feta cheese before serving.
This unfortunately didn’t last us nearly as long as I had hoped. The kids devoured it. Sometimes it is hit or miss on my salads with the kids. They love a vegetable salad, but pasta salads seem to be yes some days and no other days. I’m happy that this one was a hit, because I absolutely loved it and want to make it again.
I bought that Annie’s Naturals salad dressing on a whim, and it was delicious! Sometimes I find that a premade balsamic vinaigrette can be either too sweet or too tart, but this one was perfect.
My kids did not like the feta cheese, and so eat theirs without it, but I love feta. And right now we can buy it at the farmers’ market. I also think that red onion would be great in this, but all I had on hand were sweet onions, so that is what we used.
What is your favorite summer salad recipe?