Trottole Pasta Salad

I’m all about pasta this weekend! I used  Simply Balanced Organic Trottole Pasta for this recipe. It’s a fun shape and all the good stuff you add to a pasta salad incorporates well into it. You can pretty much use any type of pasta for this dish if you can’t find this type. Some good alternatives would be farfallepenne or even multi colored radiatore! Remember to always salt your water when boiling pasta!!

If you want to make this a vegan dish, use a vegan friendly pasta. 

What you’ll need:

  • 16 oz Trottole pasta
  • 1 medium Eggplant, roasted and diced
  • 2 Carrots, chopped small (I used my Kitchen Aid Spiralizer if you have one)
  • 5 Kale leaves, chopped fine
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped into thin rings
  • 4 oz Tomatoes, grape or cherry, halved (optional)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tbls dried Thyme
  • 2 Tbls Garlic Powder
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • S & P

What to do: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Begin to boil the water for the pasta. 
  3. Remove some of the skin on the eggplant with a peeler, dice and place on a sheet tray with olive oil and S & P. 
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until completely soft, remove and let cool. 
  5. Boil the pasta according to the instructions, drain and let cool. 
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the carrots, kale, onions, tomatoes and lemon juice and add all into a large bowl. 
  7. Add the eggplant, thyme, garlic powder, S & P to the mixture. Combine thoroughly. 
  8. Once the pasta has cooled, add it into the mixture with more olive oil and toss. Put in more or less oil and S & P to your taste. 


      Drink Enough Water

      Water doesn’t have to be boring. Add some flavor to it! 

      Did you know that “…you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day?”* That’s a lot of water so why not make interesting…as much as you can. I promise this is tasty. 

      Add a 1/2 of each fruit and some fresh mint to a pitcher of water, whal la. I used a blood orange, lemon, and lime. Put it in the refrigerator for at least two hours before drinking it. You can truly use any type of fruit you want but I was in a citrus mood today since it was so hot outside. Not only are you getting closer to your daily water intake goal, you’re getting your vitamins from all that fruit!

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      If your having people over, it looks even better in a fancy pitcher!