Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pasta salad with Lemon and Peanut dressing

Come Summer I am going more towards anything light for lunch. And that means soups and salads to the rescue. I love salads with lots of colorful veggies and something substantial like pasta or paneer to make a whole meal in itself. The lemon peanut dressing in this salad is very simple yet gives a lot a flavour combined with the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
Ingredients:
Serves - 3 or 4
Pasta - any short cut variety like rotelle - 2 cups
Chopped Vegetables -1 to 1 1/2 cups - I used chopped celery, carrots, cucumbers and red bell peppers
For the dressing:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) - 1/4 cup - Oriental sesame oil can be used
Fresh Lemon juice - 3 tsp
Lemon zest - from one lemon
Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
Peanuts - roasted and crushed - 2 tbsp - Black sesame seeds can also be used
Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al-dente (cooked but not too soft). Drain and set aside. Dry roast the peanuts until toasted. Allow to cool and remove the skin. Pulse in the blender until coarsely powdered. For the dressing, whisk together the EVOO and lemon juice until frothy. Add the lemon zest, brown sugar, crushed peanuts and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Mix the cooked cooled pasta and the chopped vegetables. Top the salad with the dressing when ready to serve. Give a gentle toss and serve in individual bowls.
Note: This salad is super tasty and absolutely satisfying. Practically any vegetable can be added. The pasta may be rinsed after draining. Technically rinsing the pasta after cooking is not recommended since the resident starch in the pasta allows the sauce to stick to the pasta and impart greater flavor. But for pasta salads, you may rinse the pasta to avoid the extra starch.
Check out my other Soups and Salad recipes here.
I am sending this to Monthly Mingle - Scintillating SaladsB2B - Basic Chutneys and to Fast Food to Fat Food event.
Sending this to Srivalli's Soups and Salads Mela

36 comments:

  1. Looks yum! I have the same bowl. I got mine from Walmart :-)

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  2. Salad looks so inviting and that is nice tip.

    Cheers,
    Uma

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  3. nice salad...yummy

    -Aarthi @munchmunchcrunchcrunch
    New Event - HLI-DATES

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  4. Pasta Salad looks delicious, colorful and irresistibly tempting.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. loved your dressing and have bookmarked!

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  6. Nice recipe ...love the lemon n peanut touch ...

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  7. healthy treat .. love the colors and texture of salad :)

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  8. Nice one Krithi.Capable of what it meant to be a salad.Appetizing !

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  9. perfect colorful salad n yumm dressing..

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  10. wow wonderful version of salad,love the recipe...luks tempting...

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  11. Super delicious salad, quite filling,seriously love that dressing..

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  12. Salad looks so fresh & COLORFUL!! Loved the citrus-y flavor :))
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  13. Woww.. looks so beautiful and tempting.. awesome pictures too :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  14. Super delicious one and very beautifully clicked.

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  15. salad looks delicious....colourful...

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  16. Nice and very refreshing salad...perfect for the summers...

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  17. Appetizing..nice refreshing salad..

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  18. a unique and lovely salad, those pasta have a cute shape..nice recipe..

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  19. Wonderful salad.Looks so refreshing and yummy.

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  20. Kirthi,this is such a wholesome salad,loved the use of lemon zest and the refreshing flavor it will impart to this salad:)

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  21. It looks amazing.I would consider it as yummy lunch:)

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  22. This is just my kind of pasta .. light dressing ... hardly any cheese .. and some green veggies.

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  23. wow..Healthy and yummy pasta salad...

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  24. hi krithi, pretty looking pasta and salad mix ingredients. just flavorful

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  25. Mmmhhh, a great salad and cmbination of flavors! Great.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. Krithi!!!! Absolutely fantastic recipe! :D
    -
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

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  27. looks delicious -please link to the fast food event this time hosted by Archana of Mad Scientist's kitchen :) cheers, priya

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  28. beautiful pasta salad love it dear Krithi...

    an award is waiting for you at my space...

    http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/awards.html

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  29. looks fabulous..healthy and tasty :)

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  30. My favorite food is pasta .. love the salad Krithi.

    Vardhini
    Event: Herbs and Flowers - Garlic

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  31. i love the addition of peanuts in this salad ! yumm

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