So, a couple bloggers I follow are doing this fun mystery ingredient Monday link-up. This week's mystery ingredient was Mint...which is awesome because there are so many health benefits of the mint plant.
And, since there just happens to be this growing in my back-yard right now.
And, since I was commissioned to make a pasta salad to bring to a cook-out last night, I said to myself. Self, what the heck...I'm going to give it a whirl. (Yes, I really do talk to myself in my head like that...I'll be waiting for the people in the white jackets now.)
And, I came up with this recipe, that I made up all on my own.
It was surprisingly good and the mint adds a refreshingly different, but cool taste. This is definitely a "light" pasta salad..but very tasty.
Since, I made the recipe up myself, I can call it whatever the heck I want, and I'm calling it
Amelia's Awesome Veggilicious Pasta Salad.
1 lb. cooked pasta (I used gluten-free pasta, because that's how we roll..but you can use regular)
2 cucumbers (chopped)
2 red peppers (chopped)
1 bunch scallions (chopped)
4 tomatoes (chopped)
2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves (chopped)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
salt (to taste)
dried basil (to taste)
dried oregano (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)
sugar (to taste)
Combine the pasta/veggies/mint. Mix the dressing up in separate container and pour over pasta/veggies. Toss it all together...let sit in a fridge a few hours for the flavors to blend and prepare to wow your guests with your awesome culinary skills
I used a scissors to shred the mint and cut the scallions..it made things much easier.
You can play with the ingredients to suit your own tastes..try adding in different vegetables, change the ingredients in the dressing...whatever. .
And, if you want to see more minty recipes..head on over to A Clan's Tale.