Monday, April 11, 2011

Meatless (Vegan) Monday: Link-up and Cucumber Tomato Pasta Recipe

Day 101.

Meatless/Vegan Monday, baby! Woo! OK, I may be too excited about it. But last week's submissions were so yummy and my meal to share today is a dandy. Thanks to everyone for continuing to share their delicious recipes for the link-up. Today's meal is delightfully simple and meatless in the traditional sense, with no meat substitute. My cucumbers and tomatoes came in my CSA box. I was originally going to make them into a cucumber-tomato refrigerator salad, but this pasta recipe sounded fantastic. But, the original didn't look veggie-y? enough for me. So, I cut the amount of pasta in half and increased the veggies.

Cucumber Tomato Pasta
Adapted from Tomato Cucumber Pasta
1 lb pasta, cooked (I used spaghetti, chopped up)
1 large cucumber, sliced
3 slicing tomatoes, diced
2 onions, diced
1 T Italian seasoning

1 C white vinegar (subbed a mix of rice and balsamic)
sugar, to taste (I left it ou)
1/2 C olive oil
1-2 Tbsp. House seasoning

Prepare the pasta.  Place in a large serving container.

Make up the dressing.  Drizzle over the pasta until well coated.

Toss in the veggies.

Chill.I actually already had prepared pasta in a freezer bag, so I just tossed everything into the bag to mix it up. I highly recommend this method, especially if that's what it will be stored in anyway. It makes it so simple.

The Results
Mmm...veggietastic. The dressing is excellent. I'm sure the original mustardy one would be good, too. But I love Italian vinaigrette-style dressings on pasta salad. I may add some black olives and (after vegan Monday) some parmesan cheese in later

Meatless (Vegan) Monday Link-up Week 11
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  1. I love cucumbers and tomatoes together, and I like the idea of the vinaigrette dressing too! Thank you for sharing another yummy recipe, Kristi, and for hosting!

  2. A great straight-from-the-garden dish!

  3. perfect spring & summer pasta! it's light & fresh & sounds amazing!

    thanks so much for linking up to mangia mondays!


  4. Mm! That pasta salad looks good! I like the freezer bag idea... so simple, yet so obvious!