It’s summertime and that means that the temperatures have been soaring in my neck-of-the-woods. As I left work yesterday, my car thermometer said it was 101 degrees. Not a good day to heat up the kitchen! So last night, as I pondered on what to make for supper, I decided it was a great time to make a quick and easy gluten free pasta salad.
Last week I went on a mission to stock-up on some food items for our pantry. Along with being gluten intolerant, I am also allergic to corn, which is a real bummer. Corn itself does not contain gluten, so brands often use corn as an ingredient when manufacturing their gluten free products. Therefore, I am always thrilled to find gluten free products that are not only free of gluten, but free from corn as well. When I stumbled upon a package of gluten free/corn free Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa at Aldi’s, I had a private party right there in the store aisle! (I actually did a little happy dance!!) This yummy pasta became the basis for this gluten free pasta salad recipe.
I grabbed a pot from my Starfrit “The Rock” Cookware set so that I could begin boiling the water for my pasta. Below is a picture similar to the set that I have. I actually have a few more pieces that what is shown in the picture. I HIGHLY recommend this cookware and actually wrote a blog post about it last year. You can read the post called: Pros and Cons of Various Cookware. I love, love, love this cookware and have given it as gifts to several of my family members.
As the water was heating, I began chopping, slicing and dicing a variety of fresh, organic vegetables to go into this salad. I used fresh cucumbers, a variety of grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, snow peas and some chick peas.
When the pasta was finished cooking (it only take 7 – 10 minutes to cook), I used my stainless steel colander to drain the pasta, then lightly rinsed the pasta and drained it again. I allowed the pasta to cool to room temperature, then added it to the vegetable medley and tossed them together.
For the final touch, I sprinkled on some Salt Free Mrs. Dash Seasoning, then lightly tossed the salad again and placed it in the refrigerator to chill. Rather than sprinkling feta cheese at this point, I suggest adding a generous sprinkle right before serving it.
This gluten free pasta salad can make a great “meatless” meal, or feel free to add some diced gluten free Hormel Natural Choice Salami. Either way, this recipe is good.
As much as I love a good lettuce salad, I’m always game for a good pasta salad. Excuse me while I grab my bowl and fill it full of this tasty gluten free pasta salad!
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