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#1 Old 09-02-2005, 04:24 PM
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Healthy Summer Macaroni Salad



This recipe is suitable for a: vegetarian or vegan diet



Category: Salads









Ingredients:

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1 lb (dry) whole wheat or spelt elbow pasta

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 bunch green onions sliced, including about half the green parts

1 jar (4-oz) sweet pimentos, OR roasted red peooers, drained and sliced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup vegan "mayonnaise"

12 TB apple cider vinegar

12 tsp agave nectar or brown rice syrup

1 medium shallot, minced

1 Tb. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley

sea salt, to taste

ground pepper, to taste



Optional Ingredients of your choice:



cubed cooked tempeh

cubed cooked flavored tofu

sweet pickle relish or chopped dill pickles

drained, canned beans of your choice

sliced green or black olives

fresh herbs









Instructions:

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Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in COLD water.



Combine the pasta, celery, green onions, peas and pimentos/peppers in a large serving bowl.



In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, mayonnaise, vinegar, brown rice syrup, shallot, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.



Toss into the salad. Add any optional ingredients you want - feel free to experiment!

Adjust seasonings, adding more vinegar, sweetner, salt or pepper, as desired.









Additional comments:

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This is the "classic macaroni picnic salad" made SOOOO much better!!



Quick, easy, colorful and you can add WHATEVER you want to it!!



I always get people asking for the recipe - and I usually make it a little bit different each time!









Recipe source: This recipe is mine or I have altered it from its original version.



If you try this recipe please come back and leave a review!
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#2 Old 10-19-2005, 03:12 PM
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How many calories (prepared) per cup?
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#3 Old 11-18-2005, 04:24 PM
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I eat a balanced diet and do not count calories, I wouldn't have a clue, but obviously your two sources of fat are spread thru the whole salad so you're getting a healthy dose of wheat pasta and veggies with just small amount of fat - shouldn't be anything to worry about, it's not like it's junk food.
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