Thursday, June 16, 2011

Early Summer Pasta Salad

I was so excited about my first trip to the farmer's market this year. Too excited. I came home with four pounds of squash and 3 pounds of green beans (there wasn't much else to choose from this early in the summer). Then I remembered that I am the only person in my family of three who actually eats veggies. Whatev. I see zucchini bread in my near future. Stay tuned.

In the meantime I threw together this pasta salad to bring to my dad. At least someone will celebrate my farmer's market finds with me.

I was on vacation for a week and a half and came back to a brown herb garden (but some promising looking tomatoes) so I'm sorry for the lack of fresh parsley.

Early Summer Pasta Salad

1/2 lb fresh green beans, cut into smaller pieces
1 medium zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 1/2 c short pasta (dry), I used macaroni
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbs olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of italian seasoning
black pepper
1/4 c parmesan, grated

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add plenty of salt, throw the green beans in for 4-5 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon (you still want them a little crisp). Run under cold water to stop cooking and throw them in a mixing bowl. Throw the zucchini in the same bowl (uncooked). Toss your pasta into the boiling water and cook until done. Drain and add to the mixing bowl. While the pasta is boiling whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings. Taste the dressing and adjust accordingly. Pour the dressing over the warm pasta and toss everything together. Add the parmesan and toss. Taste it. Taste it again. And again. Cover and stick in the fridge for a few hours.



  1. that looks so, so good. fresh veggie dishes are the absolute best and i am convinced that if more people ate super fresh, just picked veggies and tasted how utterly amazing they are, people would eat more veg. i'm totally making this for my work lunches.

    zucchini bread is awesome but zucchini brownies are just as (surprisingly) good!

  2. i completely agree with you. in fact, two of the only veggies bily will eat are fresh green beans and raw carrots.

    today im making pasta salad with tomatoes, zucchini and feta from PW. got lots of zucchini :)

  3. He needs to try some fresh peas right out of their shell. I don't know anyone who could not like something like that. Maybe he should try it and add a veg to his list :)