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A female empowering non-diet dietitian supporting women who want to create a healthier relationship with food.
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This Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad is packed with colour and tons of flavour. The addition of lentils adds a source of plant-based protein that keeps you full and satisfied. Be prepared to make this time and again this summer!
Pasta salads are incredibly nostalgic for me. They remind me of summer nights having dinner in the back yard with a variety of salads and barbequed chicken- that memory is clearly very specific! One of the things I love about pasta salads is that they make excellent leftovers. I prepped this batch of Mediterranean Pasta Salad on a Sunday and we enjoyed it for multiple days as a side dish or snack throughout the week.
Through working with my clients on improving their relationship to food, I know pasta can be a big “fear food,” or at least a food that is avoided more than others. Carbohydrates, in general, have received so much backlash in the last several decades and we don’t talk about their benefits often enough!
Carbohydrates are the preferred source of energy for our brain and body. They keep us functioning throughout the day and become even more important when fueling for exercise in busy and active individuals. They are also great sources of fibre, which help regulate digestion. Finally, if you have ever noticed you crave sweets and carbohydrates in the afternoon or evening, take a look at your earlier meals and make sure you are including something like rice, a piece of bread or crackers. Eating enough carbs at meals and snacks can help manage cravings and appetite fluctuations throughout the day.
So now that we know how beneficial carbs (and pasta) is for us, let’s get to making this pasta salad!
For this Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad, all you need is:
This recipe makes a fairly large batch of this Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad, which allows you to switch up how you serve it. My favourite way is as a side dish with some barbecued meats and veggies. You may also choose to make this the base of your meal and add extra lentils, beans, fish or meat to boost the protein content and make it a full, balanced meal.
Since this keeps really well in the fridge, it’s an excellent quick snack when you need a boost of energy but don’t have time to put in extra effort.
In order to keep this staying fresh, make sure you store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It should keep for 3-4 days.
I hope you love this Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad so much that it becomes part of your summer memories.
Don’t forget to check out some of these other salad recipes to make for the upcoming long weekend:
If you make this Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad I would love to see your comment and rating below. It also makes my day seeing your creations of my recipes on Instagram- don’t forget to tag @allnutrition.rd!
Bachelor in Applied Sciences, Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics, Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee
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