We LOVE salads around here! They are such an easy and highly appetizing way to get a whole bunch of nutrition in just one dish. Salads are quick to throw together and there are so many ways you can mix them up so that they are never boring. Everything from a Forbidden Rice and Veggie Salad and a Buckwheat Berry Salad to an Eat Your Greens Salad, the options are seriously endless!
Our newest addition to our salad addiction is this mouthwatering Spaghetti Garden Salad. Now, pasta may not sounds like the healthiest option but on closer examination it is actually a very healthy addition to veggies! If you use some organic whole wheat or quinoa pasta instead of highly processed conventional pasta there are some great benefits. Quinoa or whole wheat pasta adds good fiber which aids the digestive tract and helps keep blood sugar levels stable. Protein is also added as well as various vitamins and minerals. All in all using the right kind of pasta is a great way to add tons of nutrition to your day!
Another thing we really love about this salad is how filling it is. Because of all the fiber in the pasta and the protein in the chicken and the pasta you are ready to go for hours! Add some Butter Bread on the side for extra deliciousness and you have a light yet filling summer meal that the whole family will love!
Remember it is always best to keep your ingredients organic for the most nutritious benefits for your family. Now, let’s eat!
Spaghetti Garden Salad
- 8 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked
- 1 bell pepper, chopped (any color)
- 6-8 radishes, sliced
- 6 scallions, sliced
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup black olives, sliced
- ½ cup artichoke hearts, chopped
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup fresh basil
- 2 chicken breasts, chopped
- Real Salt and pepper to taste
Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook in butter in a fry pan, we like this one or this one. Combine chicken and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over and mix until well combined.
- 1 ½ tsp. Italian Seasoning
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Real Salt
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Have you ever tried whole wheat or quinoa pasta? What’s your favorite kind?
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