Summer Pasta Salad

Whenever Summer rolls around, my fridge is stocked to the brim with as much local produce as I can keep up with. I'm so fortunate to live in an area that has a plethora of local farm stands- a handful within walking distance of my home. I try to pick up some fresh vegetables every time I make my way back to the Springs; the area of East Hampton in which I reside. Having options when it comes to making meals is what I'm all about. 

Due to my busy work schedule, I often find myself having to clean out my fridge & use up a bunch of produce before it goes bad. Truth be told, I think that this is when I make some of my best meals. This is also where meal prepping comes in handy! When I do find the time, I like to bang out a few quick meals that will last me the following days. Tonight I had an hour to spare in between work & meetings, so I quickly threw together this simple & delicious Summer Pasta Salad. 

Two weeks ago, I bought a box of "Pow!" Green Lentil Penne Pasta & have been so eager to try it out! In just one two ounce serving, there is 14g of protein! Combined with some fresh veg, this salad was light & refreshing yet still packing all of my necessary nutrients. To make this salad, you will need the following ingredients:

1 Box Pow! Green Lentil Penne Pasta

2 Ea Red Bell Peppers, medium diced

3 Ea Ears of Corn, shucked

3 C Baby Arugula 

1 Bu Scallions, sliced

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp Onion Powder

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Bring a pot of salted water to a boil & cook your pasta according to the directions on the box. Strain & rinse under cool water, set aside. Dice your peppers, shuck your corn & sauté in the two tablespoons of EVOO. Season with salt, pepper & the onion powder. Honestly, I was craving the flavor of roasted red peppers, but my stove top doesn't have an open flame & I didn't have the time to cook them in the oven, so I opted for a quick sauté. Once your veg is cooked through & has some nice browning, add it to the pasta. Fold in the baby arugula, dress with the balsamic, finish with scallions & check for seasoning! This meal took all of fifteen minutes to make & lasted even less! :-P

What are some of your favorite Summer Salads to make? Feel free to share them here or send me them via a private message!

Wishing you all a splendid evening!