A New Look and a Salad

I really hope to stick to this theme ! My dear brother found it and tweaked it for me . I love the layout and  I am still doing a cleanup of the website , but I hope my readers and visitors really like this theme.  I have been working on this continuously for the last week , cleaning up , uploading , deleting stuff.  Its a lesson learnt that I need to be more organized and not neglect my virtual baby !

Taking a break from the intense  overhaul , K and I made this salad for ourselves for lunch and we thoroughly enjoyed it .It was Simple yet fresh and we wanted some more after we were done. I thought I’d share this fresh lemony keeper with you guys!

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Daregal gourmet had sent me some frozen herbs and It was time I put them to good use. They were sent wonderfully packaged with dry ice and the delivery was prompt . This stuff comes really handy , when Im done with my herbs or when they get spoiled because of storage issues. I loved the fact that they were nearly as fresh as the fresh ones.

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Ingredients:

2 cups of uncooked pasta of choice (penne, fusilli , farfelle )

1 cup of steamed brocolli florets

1 can of beans ( I used a combination of garbanzo, kidney bean and pinto beans)

1 cup of halved cherry tomatoes

For the Vinaigrette:

1/3 cup of Olive Oil

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Rice Vinegar( or white wine vinegar)

3 tablespoons of chopped Cilantro

1 tablespoon of finely chopped red onion

1 minced garlic pod

1 thai chilli , finely chopped

1 teaspoon of minced ginger

Salt to taste

Method:

1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions  , drain and keep aside.

2 . Steam the brocolli florets in the microwave for about 3 minutes or on the stove top. It takes approximately 3-5 minutes.

3.  In a salad bowl , toss pasta , beans , broccoli and cherry tomatoes .

4. In another bowl , take all the ingredients and whisk well until all the ingredients are mixed well and pour over the salad ingredients , just before serving.

4. Toss the salad and dressing gently . Serve and enjoy !

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17 Thoughts on “A New Look and a Salad

  1. Fresh and beautiful look Dee! salad is colorful. :)

  2. salad looks so fresh..

  3. Hey! I love your new look

  4. The looks is great Dee. As you said, neat and fresh.

    Pasta – what can I say. I just love it :)

  5. Pictures are really good, and the new look too!

  6. The new look is fabulous Dee. Very fresh and appealing. S too is working on giving a makeover to my blog.

  7. Fabulous neat organized! Love it! This is the inspiration that we really need to clean up the clutter of our blog, but when it will happen I do not know.

    Love the pasta Dee! Just my kind of food. Loaded with goodies and flavors and minimum work:-) Lovely lovely pictures.

    I see the Flickr.. I have an account and do upload once in a while. will look you up.

  8. Thankyou all , I am still working on it .. I should have done the images right .. now Im doing the cleaning up !

  9. Hi Dee, first time here, ur blog and template looks great dear. Bowtie pasta salad looks yummy….

  10. Oooh love the new look Dee! And the pasta looks fab with all those colorful veggies! I too posted a pasta salad today!

  11. Loved the new magazine look, really. Looks very organised and neat color combination. Loved the pictures of the pasta, they look fantastic!

  12. I like this theme, nice and clean!

  13. Discovered your blog through Meeta’s blog. And I must say fabulous blog. The pics are so fresh, crisp and clean. I am ‘J’. You are going a gr8 job. I will have to come here from time to time to learn.

  14. Hi,
    Awesome recipes…yummyy…
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  15. You have a lovely blog!! I came here via Jugalbandi.info. Stumbled it at — http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/kritsfiles/.

  16. Amazing photos! I love the colors of the salad, so appetizing! :-)

  17. yummyy…Wonderful writing … I have everything at home, and will try it this weekend and also check out my video
    How To Make Thai Red Curry

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