Recipe of the Month - May 2010

Sesame Pasta Salad

sesame pasta salad

Dishes which are packed with healthy ingredients and stunning colors, are not only a cure for hunger, they can really improve your mood too. With the summer in full flow, there is so much in season veg and fresh herbs that it can get a bit traumatic knowing what exactly to with it- this quick pasta salad is a great solution as it's basically a raid on the contents of your fridge which you can transform too your very own taste. It definitely beats the image of soggy mayonnaise laden pasta salads sitting in plastic containers at your local supermarket! It's also a great meal for recovery from a long workout as it is high in protein and balanced with complex carbohydrates.

  • Quinoa Pasta
  • 1 Red Onion slice into half moons.
  • 1 Carrot finely chopped.
  • 1/2 small cucumber finely chopped.
  • Feta Cheese
  • Handful of Basil finely chopped.
  • 2 tbs of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs of Balsamic Vinegar
  • A handful of toasted Sesame Seeds.
  • A good pinch of Salt and Pepper.
  • Meat/Vegetarian optional: Grilled chicken or tofu

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the pasta, cook until tender, then drain and set aside. While the pasta is cooking, prep your veg, cheese, and basil. In a large mixing bowl, add the vinegar and oil and give it a quick whisk. Then add all the vegetables, cheese and herbs and combine with the pasta. Give it a good pinch of salt and pepper and serve. Top the finished dishes with golden toasted sesame seeds and any other nuts that sound good for extra protein.