If you can’t take the heat..



..don’t cook in the kitchen! That’s my philosophy at least. The most I could handle cooking is boiling water for pasta – so why not make a pasta salad!


Hot Hot Heat Pasta Salad w/ Balsamic Mustard Dressing

For pasta salad:

1lb of pasta (cooked and cooled)

Jar of marinated artichokes

jar of roasted peppers

1 small head of broccoli

2 zucchini (halved lengthwise then sliced crosswise)

6 small sweet peppers – diced

12 oz can of chickpeas (or bean of choice) – drained and rinsed

2 cups of grape tomatoes – quartered


Mix all ingredients together and toss with dressing.


Balsamic Mustard Dressing

1/2 cup of olive oil

3 tbs of dijon mustard

1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar

2 tbs of agave nectar

1 tsp of dried thyme

1 tsp of dried basil

1/2 tsp black pepper


Whisk all ingredients together. Add more of any ingredient to taste.





4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shellyfish
    Jun 18, 2008 @ 19:41:43

    Salads like this rock, especially when it’s so miserable hot outside!


  2. kellypea
    Jun 29, 2008 @ 18:35:08

    That is one gorgeous salad! I love the sound of the dressing. I’ve seen so many recipes popping up with agave nectar lately, but anything with mustard will get my attention. Bummer on the heat. I don’t enjoy it, either. Hope things cool down for you…


  3. VKO-Lifestyles of the Chic & Vegan
    Jun 30, 2008 @ 13:58:33

    What a gorgeous salad! Just getting around to visiting blogs again- I know you visited oh so long ago and of course, you can add my blog to yours- will do the same.


  4. Jess - The Domestic Vegan
    Jul 01, 2008 @ 22:13:55

    Holy yum. This looks absolutely fantastic! What a great summer dish.


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