SAVORY SUNDAYS-AVOCADO AND TOMATO PASTA SALAD

Hey folks,

Welcome to this edition of Savory Sundays! Today's savory offering is pasta salad! I was having a taste for pasta salad and was looking for a good recipe in order to whip one up this week and this is what I found from my trusted vegweb folks!

AVOCADO AND TOMATO PASTA SALAD

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 - 375g box of Rotini or other pasta (preferably multigrain)or you could use whole wheat
1 large clove garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 - 1 small avocado, diced
1 green onion, chopped
Italian salad dressing- you can find vegan dressings at most supermarkets these days, just go the natural aisle. Your local health food store will definitely have some offerings.

Directions:

Cook, drain, and rinse the pasta. Add the remaining ingredients and toss.

Add Italian dressing to taste.

Best served chilled.

Serves: 5

Preparation time: 15 minutes

SOME MORE SKINNY ON AVOCADOS AND TOMATOES

AVOCADOS:

Avocado intake has been shown to have a beneficial effect on blood serum cholesterol levels. Avocado is also known to promote healthy skin and hair. Avocados are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. They also have a high fiber content among fruits.

Avocados are in season all-year round.

When picking avocados, ripe ones give slightly to pressure. You can store unripe avocados in paper bag at room temperature. Refrigerate when ripe for 2-3 days.

Avocados are the star of guacamole- which I happen to LOVE! I used to not be a fan of avocados, but I kept giving them a try and grew to really love them!

TOMATOES:

Tomatoes are low in fat and sodium. They are low in calories and cholesterol free. They are high in vitamins A and C and are a good source of postassium.

Tomatoes are in season from June-August.

Choose tomatoes with bright, shiny skins and firm flesh. Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight, to use within 1 week after ripe. Tomatoes taste best if not refrigerated; refrigerate only if you can’t use them before they spoil.

I look forward to whipping up this quick and easy salad..how about you?!


SOURCES: vegweb, fruitsandveggiesmorematters, wikipeida

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