Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil


Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Do you like slaving over a hot stove in summer?

Nah, me either.

Truth is, I don't like toiling over a stove no matter what the season,
and it's no secret that I'd rather do anything but cook.

So, when I saw this recipe in the NY Times
many years ago...

It got my attention because...
the only cooking involved is boiling the pasta.

Boil, chop, chop, grate...and, finito! 


Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I haven't made this in a long time,
because I've been watching my weight, 
and I don't have an "off" switch when it comes to pasta.

But when the family starts groaning...
"Chicken again?.."
it's time to switch things up. 

I'd forgotten how good it is. 
 
Never mind that I made way too much...
let's just say that I could have fed all of you
had you stopped by.

This pasta salad is a great dish to make for a picnic... 
or as a side dish for a barbecue.

It's also a super-easy, super-fast dish for supper.
Serve it with a crusty bread,
and some delicious gazpacho,
and you've got yourself 
a cool meal for a hot summer day.

Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Arugula Tomato Pasta Salad


1/2 pound farfalle, cooked, drained and rinsed
3 cups stemmed and torn arugula
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 large tomatoes, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Put the farfalle in a large bowl.
Add the arugula and tomato.
Mix together the basil, lemon rind, olive oil, lemon juice and salt; pour over pasta.
Toss to coat.
Add fresh pepper to taste.



Pasta Salad with Arugula, Tomato and Basil - a cool meal for a hot summer day! ---Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

How easy is that?

Enjoy!



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27 comments:

  1. I love pasta, can't have enough of it. This looks healthy and delicious!!

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    1. As pasta goes, yes, it is healthy! And it really is delicious! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  2. PINNED !!!
    All my favorite ingredients - and if I gain even 1 more pound because of you - you're in trouble Miss Toody Goo Shoes!
    xxx

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    1. Uh-oh! Thanks for pinning, Suzan! I swear I put on 5 pounds since I've been writing this blog!

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  3. As long as there are more veggies than pasta, eat on! It's beautiful and I am going to try it with GF pasta. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Well, if the nutritionist says eat on, I surely will! I hope you like it, Beth!

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  4. Love these kind of recipes! Sounds great. Too add more calories you could sprinkle some romano on there! ;-)

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    1. I actually did sprinkle on the cheese, but forgot to do it before I took the photos! Oops!

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  5. That sounds delicious Amy. It really is time for these wonderful summer salads!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    1. I could eat things like this every day...and I just may, Rosella!

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  6. So easy. So fresh. Delicious!! I bet the lemon really makes this pop. Can't wait to try!

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    1. The lemon flavor is just wonderful, Elizabeth. I'm getting some hungry for some right now!

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  7. I love all manner of pasta salads in the summer! :) Don't want to turn that oven on, no way :)

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    1. Me, too, Deb. And any time I can avoid the oven, I will do it!

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  8. Cool, easy and delicious?! You have pushed all the right buttons. Sounds like I need to add this one to my file.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. It won't disappoint, Patti! It is just right for a summer night.

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  9. Yum! That looks so pretty too. I like the idea of making it for a group when you need to take a dish since it feeds so many. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. If you make a full pound, it feeds a ton of people. I used baby arugula, and it stayed fresh looking for a couple days, and it is very transportable.

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  10. Oh, Amy, your Pasta Salad with Arugula and Tomato is the perfect meal for the horrible heatwave we're having today! What a lovely blend of veggies and basil and lemon juice and tomatoes! Just wondering...would it be wrong to add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to this already amazing dish? If you think it is, I won't - (tell you, that is!;)).

    Thanks for saving us here in the Med with your immediato insalata!

    Poppy

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    1. I hope your heatwave has subsided, Poppy, but if not, make some of this pasta salad so you don't have to cook! It would be completely right to add the cheese; in fact, I did, but I took all the photos before I did that -- oops!

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  11. Yum! That is going to be perfect with all of our arugula and tomatoes from our CSA!! I do hope you are linking this up with our Foodie Fridays!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Michelle, especially since you have the main ingredients close at hand! And yes, I did link up, thanks!

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  12. Oh I love when pasta get healthified or as I say "Choppedified". Love this combo and so happy you shared it at #theWeekendSocial! You're welcome every week. Starting Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST. I'm off to pin!

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    1. Thank you, KC! This really is a healthy recipe. The flavors were just made to go together. See you at the next party!

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  13. Thanks for coming by Let's Get Real. Love your post and appreciate you taking the time to share.
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  14. Amy, This is one of my favorite summer recipes. The pasta is cool and refreshing. I love it!

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