Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Salads

Among my favorite things to eat during the hot summer months are yummy cold salads. Last Sunday, we spent the afternoon making several cold salads to eat during the week. 

Here is one of the salads we made, which is a favorite. Its ingredients are simple: whole wheat pasta, chopped spinach, feta and kalamata olives. 

So fresh, so tasty...we eat it as a side salad but it can also be served as a light main course. 


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
2 garlic cloves, pressed
7 cups whole wheat spiral pasta (cooled)
3 cups chopped spinach
1/2 cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 

 Combine cooked pasta (cooled), spinach, olives and feta. 
Toss with the dressing, which combines the olive oil, balsamic and garlic. 


A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Trina, that sounds so simple & yummy! I will have to try this recipe sometime! ;)


Nenaghgal said...

I made up a lovely summer salad last night too- watermelon, feta and red onion with lime juice. Unfortunately, here in Ireland we dont' have the hot steamy summers you do in the states but I still have to make this salad!
Yours look delicious- anything with feta makes me happy!

Nicole said...

That looks delicious. I will have to make that up this weekend.

My Little Bungalow said...

Yum! Love all the ingredients. Will definitely make this one. That's 1/2 cup of crumbled feta, correct?

Pattie said...

Trina, this looks so yummy... I found you over at Sherry's blog and glad I did.. I am your newest follower.. Your home is to die for... Love the inside and outside.... And the kitchen WOW....what a lovely place to cook..


Kerry Rossow said...

This looks so wonderful! I love cold salads in the summer, but I have rotated through my "go to" salads. There might be an uprising if we serve black bean
Thanks for the new cold salad in the mix!
Kerry at

Snappy Di said...

We had dinner at neighbor's house a month ago and they served a very similar salad... it was scrumptious!

for the love of a house said...

yummmmm!!! sounds delish!


Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

One word --- YUM :)


Wives said...

looks great! i'm going to have to try this!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, This is one of my favorite salads too. If we weren't have the grands over tonight for spagetti I'd probably make this.
Last night I made a big salad, with chicken but put Southwestern Style Corn(canned)and it was wonderful. I'd never tried the corn before but had gotten it for another Mexican dish, I love it. Have a great afternoon.

Morning T said...

Looks yummy Trina and I think even I can handle this one. ;) I'll try it out next week.
Stay cool.

heartland farmhouse said...



Anonymous said...

Just finished making your salad. Yum! It made a great lunch alone and I will use it as a side dish again tonight with Hubby. Thanks!
xoxo Dianne

24 Corners said...

Now that summer finally seems to be here...this sounds absolutely summery!
xo J~

loulou said...

I love it

I will make it this weekend with gluten free pasta

thank you so much

your photo looks divine


bj said...

Sounds delicious...your photos are amazing.

Jacqueline said...

I am with you, I love them! One week we made a huge one and ate it every night. No one to complain since that week it was just hubby and I!

AshTreeCottage said...

Delightful recipe ~ thank you!

Susan and Bentley

Cindy said...

Trina and family: You had me at the picture! This salad will be on my menu this weekend. Thank you for sharing.

aBroad said...

Mixed greens , cherry tomatoes, red onion diced and smoked salmon .. lemon and oil , salt and pepper.
You will love it ..
besos !

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

DeLiSH!! My stomach is growling, and it is only 10:00 am!!


Whoa...not sure how I ended up at your blog, but happy to be here. Your home is stunningly classic and timeless. Love it. Can't wait to see Christmas in July!!

Jean said...

Wow! That sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Made this last night for visiting family - soooo good! My mom and sister both asked for the recipe. Thank you for sharing!
Michelle in Kansas City

Sheri said...

Salad looks awesome - thanks for sharing...can't wait to try it :)

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Yum this is right up my alley. I think I am making it this week.

helen tilston said...

You have given me an idea on what to cook while here at the beach, on vacation.

Helen xx

Anonymous said...

Making this tonight, thank you!

Gail said...

I made this last night and it was SOOO yummy! Thanks for sharing again! :)

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