It’s summertime and that means that the temperatures have been soaring in my neck-of-the-woods. Today my car thermometer reads 101 degrees. Not a good day to heat up the kitchen! Therefore, I decided it was a great time to make a quick and easy gluten-free pasta salad.
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Last week I went on a mission to stock up on some food items for my 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.
Next, 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 chickpeas.
Don’t you just love a good salad? I sure do! Some of my favorites are Make-Ahead Healthy Travel Salad, Autumn Harvest Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Go Green Salad, and Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad, (just to name a few).
When the pasta was finished cooking (it only takes 7 – 10 minutes to cook), I used my stainless steel colander to drain the pasta, then lightly rinsed the pasta and drained it again. After the pasta noodles were cool I added them to the vegetable medley and tossed everything 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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