Veggie Pasta Salad

January 2, 2022mayurisjikoni

EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY
THEME: MAIN COURSE SALADS
RECIPE: VEGGIE PASTA SALAD

Veggie Pasta Salad is a warm, healthy, filling and delicious salad that can be enjoyed as a meal on its own. Loaded with veggies, one can use any vegetables of their choice. Addition of your favourite dressing or just lemon juice makes this salad a medley of flavours.

 

What Is A Main Course Salad?

Generally, a main course salad is a hearty, filling salad and usually has a protein rich ingredient added to it. It can any meat or sea food. For vegetarian version one can add tofu, paneer, beans, cheese,etc. The salad is enjoyed as a main meal, either for lunch or dinner.

Bearing that in mind, I usually add paneer, tofu , beans or chickpeas to my Veggie Pasta Salad. Vegetables used usually depends on what I have at hand. I prefer to use vegetables which can be stir fried without going all soggy.

Some Main Course Salads That You May Like

I love salads and often that is what I like to have for lunch. Depending on the weather, the salad is either cold or warm. Mostly make cold whenever I am in Kenya or India. However, I am experiencing my first ever proper winter in Canada, yes with all the snow and chilly winds and slushy ice. Towards the end of Fall, temperatures dropped and for a week or so salads went out of the window.

 

 

I realized that we cannot go through the whole winter season without having salads. So more often than not, it tends to be warm comforting salads. And Veggie Pasta Salad is one of them.

SPICY RICE, MANGO AND COCONUT SALAD
Spicy Rice, Mango and Coconut Salad, is a healthy, filling and very tasty salad with some tropical flavours. With all the flavourful ingredients mixed together you definitely will not miss a salad dressing.
Check out this recipe
WARM MEXICAN CORN SALAD/ESQUITES
Warm Mexican Corn Salad, also known as Esquites is a tangy and spicy salad that I love to have not as a side dish but as a light delicious meal. What I like about this salad that it is versatile in several ways.
Check out this recipe
APPLE AVOCADO QUINOA SALAD
Apple Avocado Quinoa Salad is a filling, refreshing, protein rich, gluten free and vegan salad. Nuttiness from th quinoa and nuts, creaminess from the avocado and the crunch from the apple, its a perfect light meal option.
Check out this recipe
RAINBOW SALAD BOWL
Colourful, healthy, crunchy, filling and delicious, enjoy Rainbow Salad as a light meal or serve it as a party salad.
Check out this recipe
GREEK SALAD/HORIATIKI SALAD
Greek Salad/Horiatiki Salad is insanely an easy, super delicious and flavourful salad to put together. With homemade Greek Dressing and feta cheese, it makes a refreshingly light meal.
Check out this recipe

Moroccan Couscous Salad

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY


Sunday Funday is a group of Food Bloggers. Every Sunday we  share some fun, traditional, hearty or easy recipes to make Sunday Family Meals a bit more exciting. To join this fun group, visit the Sunday Funday Facebook Page. Request to join in.

 

Theme: Start The New Year Off Right With Main Course Salads

With a New Year just begun, aptly, Wendy Klik who blogs at A Day In The Life On The Farm suggested we start the year off right with Main Course Salads.

 

Health and Us

As we all approach the New Year majority of us make a promise to eat healthy, get some exercise and lose weight. 2022 is no different as far as I am concerned, as every year I promise to be healthier. Over time I may have not lost much weight but have been making a conscious effort to eat more wholesome healthier meals. Towards the last half of 2021 also got more steps in as hubby and I made a vow to walk daily. Salads and vegetable sides are very much a part of our daily diet.

Check Out Main Course Salads by Members of Sunday Funday

 

Ingredients Required For Veggie Pasta Salad

  • Boiled Pasta – any of your choice. I sometimes like to use spaghetti.
  • Onion – red, white or yellow, peeled and cut into chunks.
  • Bell Pepper – any colour of your choice.
  • Zucchini – also known as courgette. Or use any squash or your choice.
  • Garlic – peeled and sliced. Use according to your taste.
  • Beans – I usually use any beans that I have at hand. Sometimes I add chickpeas.
  • Carrots – peeled and cut into slices. I have used rainbow carrot
  • Tomatoes – usually I prefer to use baby tomatoes. Also known as cherry, plum or cocktail tomatoes.
  • Fresh Herb – any of your choice. Use whatever you have at hand.
  • Dried Mixed Herbs
  • Salt – add according to your taste. I like to use Himalayan Pink Salt.
  • Pepper – add according to your choice.
  • Olives – sliced or whole. Any type.
  • Olive Oil – to stir fry the vegetables
  • Salad Dressing or Lemon Juice – I could not resist opening a Maple Vinaigrette bottle that I received as a gift.
  • Chilli Flakes – optional
  • Cheese – optional. I have used shredded cheddar cheese. Use any cheese of your choice like parmesan, feta, brie.
Other Vegetable choices – cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, boiled potatoes, sweet potatoes, baby corn, asparagus, mushrooms, sugar snaps, French beans, etc.

Watch How To Make Veggie Pasta Salad

 

 

 

VEGGIE PASTA SALAD

mayurisjikoni
Veggie Pasta Salad is a warm, healthy, filling and delicious salad that can be enjoyed as a meal on its own. Loaded with veggies, one can use any vegetables of their choice.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Main Meal, Salad
Cuisine International
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pasta uncooked
  • ½ tsp salt for the pasta
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ bell pepper any colour
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 cup beans cooked
  • ¼ cup olive slices
  • 12 baby tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt for the salad
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs dried
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes

To Serve:

  • 2 tbsp salad dressing or lemon juice
  • some cheese any of your choice.

Instructions
 

BOIL THE PASTA:

  • Bring to boil about 4 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the pasta and ½ tsp salt.
  • Cook the pasta till it is al dente. Usually the cooking time is indicated on the packet.
  • Drain out the pasta into a colander.
  • Get the vegetables ready for the salad.
  • Peel and cut the onion into chunks.
  • Peel and slice the garlic.
  • Peel and cut carrot into slices that are not too thick or thin.
  • Cut the bell pepper into half. Remove the seeds. Cut into bite size chunks.
  • Cut the tomatoes into halves.
  • Trim the ends of the zucchini. Cut into slices that are not too thick or thin.

PREPARATION OF THE SALAD:

  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium to high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add carrots and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add zucchini and bell pepper. Add salt. Stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked beans, pasta, herbs, pepper powder, chilli flakes. Mix well.
  • Allow the salad to get warm for 1 minute.
  • Add salad dressing or lemon juice. Mix well. Add cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Add any vegetables of your choice like cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, baby corn, French beans, etc
  • Use any fresh herbs of your choice. If you don't have any then use dried herbs.
  • Don't over cook the vegetables. You want them to be crunchy and juicy.
  • Add olives of your choice.
  • I used cheddar cheese, you can use feta, parmesan, brie, etc.
Keyword Vegetable Pasta Salad, veggie pasta salad, warm pasta salad

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18 Comments

  • Wendy Klik

    January 2, 2022 at 8:20 am

    This has my stomach grumbling, it looks wonderful. Happy New Year Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 3, 2022 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy.

  • Karen @Karen’s Kitchen Stories

    January 2, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    That sounds delicious! Good luck with your first Canadian winter!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 3, 2022 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much Karen.

  • Stacy

    January 2, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Your salad looks colorful and delicious, Mayuri! I’d love a bowl of that any time of the year.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 3, 2022 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy.

  • Sneha Datar

    January 3, 2022 at 5:36 am

    This sounds delicious Mayuri. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 3, 2022 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much Sneha, and same to you

  • Vandana

    January 17, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe, I keep on looking for warm salad recipes that I can enjoy during winters. Your pasta salad looks so delicious and comforting, will definitely try it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 17, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana. Enjoy the salad when you try out the recipe.

  • Pavani

    January 17, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a hearty, colorful and delicious pasta salad. Warm salads are perfect for the chilly weather and I can’t wait to try this one soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 19, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you so much Pavani. The weather is perfect for such salads so go ahead and enjoy it.

  • Neha

    January 19, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    5 stars
    Loved the combination of colorful veggies in this Veggie Pasta Salad. Nothing can be more gratifying than a plate of salad. It removes all of your guilt from the heavier foods we consumed earlier. Great post

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 20, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      That is so true Neha. Like pasta salad as it is a guilt free way of enjoying a bit of pasta.

  • Hayley Dhanecha

    January 20, 2022 at 5:34 am

    5 stars
    Veggie pasta salad is a brilliant recipe, it is my favourite lunch item. I use whatever in the season. So comforting and hassle-free recipe that I love the most.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 20, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      You’re so right Hayley, pasta salad is so versatile.

  • Seema Sriram

    January 24, 2022 at 3:43 am

    5 stars
    This veggie pasta with all the colours sounds really exciting. We will soon have autumn coming and this will be lovely to have.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks Seema and enjoy when you make it.

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