Healthy Pasta Salad – Gluten Free

Is there a gluten free healthy  pasta salad recipe?

I know you don’t typically think about pasta salad in the winter!  But we are having a relatively mild winter and I need some new recipes… so here we go.

We start out with Trader Joe’s rice pasta.  We love this stuff and in our opinion it is theTrader Joes rice pasta - gluten free best rice pasta on the market!

First cook your gluten free pasta to a few minutes before being done.  They call that al dente,,, I think.  (I just know that if I think it needs two more minutes before being done, that is perfect for pasta salad.)*

Second, if your vegetables aren’t already chopped, get that done!

You can use any vegetables you want.  I like:

  • bell peppers**
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • onions
  • zuchinni
  • celery
Dressing: You can use any Italian dressing,, I like to make my own with oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, basil and thyme.

NOTE: * I usually add a pinch of salt and a shake of olive oil while cooking the pasta
NOTE:**  I like to use yellow, orange and red bell peppers to give the salad some nice color.

After the pasta has been drained, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.

Mix everything together.  (Olives are nice if no one is allergic to them.) and refrigerate for a few hours minimum.


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