Saturday, June 18, 2011

Clean Eating #145: Super Easy Pasta Salad w/Tomatoes & Shaved Parmesan Cheese

 Pasta Salad w/Tomatoes & Shaved Parmesan Cheese

I did it, I finally made some cold pasta salad that I actually enjoyed.

Actually, it was kind of funny because I LOVE pasta.  A LOT.  But I like it HOT, the cold version has always turned me off.  Even this time, I'd take a bite or two and think, "nahhh... no thanks."

10 minutes later I'd be sitting down doing something and think, "Man.  I want another bite of that."  I'd take a bite or two and again decide that I didn't care for it.

By the end of the day, I'd eaten all the leftovers... which amounted to at least two servings:)

I guess I'm getting to that point of being able to get past the fact that pasta "isn't supposed to be cold"

1 box whole wheat linguine
3 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to coat, you may want more/less)
McCormick's "Perfect Pasta" seasoning blend to taste
1-2 tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup of cooked lentils
Salt to taste

Prepare the pasta to your taste.
Drain and add EVOO, Sesonings, lentils and diced tomatoes.
Top with shaved Parmesan Cheese

Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour.

Serve as a side dish or entree (or just keep picking at it in the fridge all day, but I warn you, you may eat too much that way!:)

Now I want to really experiment with different flavors, beans and veggies in my pasta salads... I'm on a roll!  What are your favorite pasta salad ingredients?