Colorful Pasta Salad

12 Nov

When I got married and moved here, I didn’t think too much about having K’s sister and her family live in the same locality as well. Over time, we have grown to cherish each other’s presence in our lives, look up to each other for guidance / advice and forged a lovely relationship. Her husband likes to be called Nalan (of the famous Nala-Damayanthi story who is supposed to be a great cook), atleast in the blogosphere and not without reason. He is an awesome cook; his vegetable biryani is to die for and he makes one of the best (home-made from scratch) pizza, I have ever had.

K and I land up in their house almost every other weekend (if not every) under some pretext or the other; why would we not when we get awesome food every time we go there 🙂 He had made this pasta for a potluck family night dinner and when I tasted it, I knew I had to post this on my blog. It is such an easy, simple and healthy dish that is extremely kid-friendly; my nephew and niece will attest to that.

Nalan’s Recipe for Colorful Pasta Salad:

1 pack of pasta (penne or fusilli)

Carrot, Zucchini, Summer Squash, cut long and thick – about 2 cups

Onions, thinly sliced – 1

Cauliflower, broccoli, cut into medium-sized florets – about 1.5 cups

Cherry tomatoes – 10

Olives, pitted – 10-15

EVOO – 2 tsp

White Wine Vinegar – 2 tsp

Cook pasta al dente, following the instructions in the pack. Usually, I add a tbsp of salt to boiling water and cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes. This results in al dente pasta for me everytime, without fail.

In a frying pan, to EVOO, shallow fry onions till they are well done. Cook the rest of the veggies for a couple of minutes, so that they are not raw but undercooked.

Toss the pasta and veggies with vinegar. Season with pepper and salt.


Posted by on November 12, 2008 in Cooking, Italian


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14 responses to “Colorful Pasta Salad

  1. mahimaa

    November 12, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    sounds yummy and looks colorful!

  2. Apar

    November 12, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    looks absolutely yummy! Post Nalan’s veg biryani recipe too and the pizza 🙂 Please! Pretty please 😀

    Sure – will definitely convey the requests to Nalan. – A-kay

  3. Dinesh

    November 12, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Hey we have Pasta once every week and my Wife makes the Basil Pesto Pasta sometimes which is absolutely delicious. This looks great, I’ve got to try. Yes like Apar said can u please post a few Nalan’s recipes? That Veg Biryani sounds awesome!

    Well, well… as I told Apar, will pass on the request to Nalan 🙂 Looks like no one wants my recipes any more 😛 – A-kay

  4. Happy Cook

    November 13, 2008 at 2:06 AM

    Beautiful salade. It looks yummy.
    Yeah i too think it is always nice to have family near to you, especially if you get on well with each other.

  5. Mitr

    November 13, 2008 at 3:40 AM


    Have this printed out and will be tried soon, lovely recipe…what is EVOO…will google for it, but, am lazy to do so right away.

    Thanks to Nalan and you!

    Pardon me for watching for too much Food Network 🙂 That is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. – A-kay

  6. sachita

    November 14, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Looks Healthy as well:)
    EVOO, yes, I watch rachel ray’s 30 minute meals as well:)

  7. Rupa

    November 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    It looks so yummmy….gonna try this very very soon…I love pasta 🙂 and waiting for the Biryani and pizza….

  8. purplesque

    November 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Yumness! I love how the dressing is really simple, bringing out the flavor of the veggies..I would love to try this.

  9. Dinesh

    November 18, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Looks like no one wants my recipes any more
    You see, People always want what they cannot see, what they have only heard good things about. But it doesn’t mean that People do not want what they already get (which is your recipes).

  10. naan

    November 20, 2008 at 4:08 AM

    wow..looks like a tasty dish. will try it out soon.

  11. White On Rice Couple

    November 28, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    I can never get tired of pasta salad! :yahoo:
    Woo hoo! I can eat a whole tub of Nalan’s dish!

  12. anudivya

    January 3, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    That was quick and simple, first time here. Great blog.

  13. Alex

    July 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    the salad looks great. thanks for posting

  14. Rati

    November 28, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Hey, thanks for the recipe. It looks easy and yummy.COuld you please tell me what Evoo is?

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A-kay


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