This was one of those Monday nights when my husband and I didn't feel like having a heavy dinner. During the weekend we had eaten are way through the fast food scene because simply we weren't home and it was either that or starve, but to be honest I have to say my tummy did love the pizza I ate hehe. Anyways, going back to this pasta salad... I chose to make a creamy pasta salad but with very little of the "bad stuff" in it. Instead I added a lot of vegetables and made sure to add in tons of cherry tomatoes which added a nice sweet juicy bite to the salad dish. Although this could be simply left as a vegetarian dish I wanted to add the protein. I seared slices of turkey kielbasa and boy did it off set the tanginess in the salad. It was perfect! The smokey zingy creamy bite left me wanting more. My husband even asked for seconds!

Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup sweet onion, minced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • coarse salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • turkey kielbasa, cut into slices

In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, cherry tomatoes, carrots, sweet onion, cucumber and flat-leaf parsley. Season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the light mayo, yellow mustard, salt, pepper, lemon juice, sugar and extra virgin olive oil. Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and toss it gently together. Refrigerate the pasta salad for a good 25-30 minutes before serving.

In a non-stick pan, on medium heat, sear the turkey kielbasa slices on both sides for a good 2 minutes each. Once it is ready, serve it along side the pasta salad. Savour every bite!

Cook's note: Feel free to use any small pasta like penne, corkscrews, macaroni etc. Remember that because of the mayo in the dressing the pasta salad needs to be refrigerated if there is any leftover.


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