pasta salad on a stick with greek dressing

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

Serve these alongside the most delicious Greek dressing for your Labor Day cookout!  It’s a fun finger food that is family friendly, kids love eating food off of skewers!  I stacked cherry tomatoes, rigatoni pasta, fresh basil leaves, chunky cut cucumbers, black olives and avocado, but the options are limitless!  If you have cheese lovers in the family add mini mozzarella balls for a caprese style salad!

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

pasta salad on a stick with greek dressing
 
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Pasta Salad on a Stick, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad! Makes 10 skewers
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 10
Ingredients
For the Pasta Salad Skewers:
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cucumber, cut in large-bites
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 avocados, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package and cooled
  • 10 wooden skewers
For the Greek Dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅔ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1¼ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Instructions
For the Pasta Salad Skewers:
  1. Assemble skewers adding each of the ingredients as desired.
For the Greek Dressing:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together
Drizzle skewers with dressing or serve on the side. Enjoy!

This seriously has to be one of the easiest recipes ever!  

If you can chop veggies and boil water you got this!  

Not only do they look pretty, but they are loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin A, healthy fats and potassium to name a few!

Pasta Salad On A Stick With Greek Dressing, putting a spin on your classic pasta salad and making it picnic perfect!

Idea inspired by Sandra Lee!

roasted spiced carrots with golden raisins and almonds

Roasted Spiced Carrots with Golden Raisins and Almonds to accompany an Easter brunch!

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Sliced carrots seasoned with cumin and cinnamon, sweetened with a hint of maple syrup and tossed with slivered almonds and golden raisins for a well-rounded burst of flavors!

Helpful Hint:  Turn this side dish into a balanced meal for the vegan in your family by adding fluffy quinoa and serving on top of fresh arugula!  (that’s what we had for dinner last night!)

Roasted Spiced Carrots with Golden Raisins and Almonds ~vegan, gluten free~

roasted spiced carrots with golden raisins and almonds
 
Makes 4 servings
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes or until carrots are tender crisp.
  4. Serve alone or on top of fresh arugula and cooked quinoa, enjoy!

 Roasted Spiced Carrots with Golden Raisins and Almonds ~vegan, gluten free~

quinoa hemp seed tabbouleh

 Quinoa Hemp Seed Tabbouleh is a protein packed take on the Middle Eastern Classic.  The addition of hemp seeds upgrade this dish to power salad status!

Quinoa Hemp Seed Tabbouleh ~vegan, gluten free~

I can’t talk enough about my love for hemp seeds!  In our house we add them to just about everything…avocado toast, salads, smoothies, peanut butter sandwiches, yogurt, chia seed pudding, pasta, oatmeal, soups, you name it!  They have a nutty flavor and add a slightly crunchy texture.  Noah loves them and eats them straight out of the container!  They are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, zinc and are a perfect plant-based protein!

Quinoa Hemp Seed Tabbouleh ~vegan, gluten free~

Typical tabbouleh uses bulgur, but I swapped it with gluten-free quinoa.   This is very versatile recipe, you can add tons of other ingredients to satisfy your taste buds!

Other add-ins include:

Kale

Avocado

Peas

Olives

White Beans

Pumpkin Seeds

Spinach

Roasted Butternut Squash

Scallions

Mint

Quinoa Hemp Seed Tabbouleh ~vegan, gluten free~

quinoa hemp seed tabbouleh
 
Makes 4 servings
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (1/2 cup dried, follow instructions on package)
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions, allow to cool.
  2. Once quinoa is cooled, add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Eat right away or place in refrigerator for 1 hour to let flavors blend.
  4. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 250 Fat: 20 Carbohydrates: 17 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 3 Protein: 7

 Quinoa Hemp Seed Tabbouleh ~vegan, gluten free~

Stuff tabbouleh in a pita pocket for an on-the-go lunch or serve as is with a side of hummus, rice crackers and olives!