Pasta Salad: A Summer Essential. Trust Me.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

Summertime & the livin’s easy…but seriously—- so, so much easier though. I swear it feels like summer is just kinda a no bullshit season.

The music is more chill, the sun’s brighter, people are happier, & the food is better.

Right?!

If you’re anything like me, you can’t deal with the warm weather without a good, old fashion pasta salad. Like, it should be mandatory that everyone enjoys a sexy pasta salad at least five times throughout the summer months…& if you add a lil rose, you’re golden.

Let’s make this easy & not get so intense on the recipe:

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

So without getting technical, here’s what I did:

I grabbed some leftover veggies in my fridge ( think: radishes, broccolini, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, & corn ( non-GMO! ) ) & grilled ‘um up on the BBQ.

Side: summer= BBQ. You can wear a cute outfit while you’re grilling on the BBQ, kinda like a new age, cool Martha Stewart.

Ok, & then I whipped up some gluten-free pasta ( not too much because you’re going to add your grilled veg ) & add your BBQ veggies. Lastly add some fresh arugula lettuce, black olives, & lemon slices on top! MMMMMmmm.

Ta-da! Presenting: easy-peasy-your-boyfriend/husband-will-thank-you-later-summer-salad!

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

If you want an added crunch, then sprinkle the little wonton sticks above on top ( BTW, what the heck are those called? I can’t figure it out for the life of me. I’m sitting her Googling ‘long wonton sticks,’ ‘long noodle sticks,’ ‘crispy noodles’— FML, anyone know? ).

Anyway add those little guys for a crispy, fun party in your mouth.

& rosé wine pairs ESP well with this salad. I tried Brad & Angelina’s rose with this particular summer salad & it was actually pretty amaze. Try it next time you’re at Whole Foods. It’s called Miravel. Thank me later.

YUM.

Happy May! xx. LE

{ A big thanks to my friend, Mike for this amaze recipe! }

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet, fitness, and food.

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  1. Snappystreet
    05.20.14 at 10:49 pm (2 months ago)

    Sadly summer is over for us! But I am still tempted to make this delicious salad, it looks amazing :)
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  2. Courtney Bentley
    05.20.14 at 11:26 pm (2 months ago)

    Yum! My favorite pasta right now is Yam noodles they are so delicious and full of fiber! I wish I could have a grill out here in Thailand but we cannot or else I would be grilling veggies like it was my job :) lots of love ox C
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  3. MAB
    05.20.14 at 11:29 pm (2 months ago)

    I believe they are called “Chow Mein Noodles”.

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    • cassie
      05.21.14 at 11:42 am (2 months ago)

      I think you’re right… im going with chow mein noodles, too.

  4. Hannah
    05.21.14 at 12:29 am (2 months ago)

    Those colours look amazing! I will have to try this even though the weather is cooling down in Australia! Great post :)

    Hannah xx
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  5. Lucy
    05.21.14 at 4:03 am (2 months ago)

    I’m so into salads at the moment! My favourite is mixed lettuce with sundried tomatoes, half an avocado, almonds, raisins and caprino with a drizzle of basil mayonnaise. Love the sound of BBQ veggies!! xxx
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  6. kate
    05.21.14 at 6:57 am (2 months ago)

    LOVE this idea for using up what you have in the fridge & totally agree that wine is awesome!!

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  7. Liz B. @ Umami Life
    05.21.14 at 7:53 am (2 months ago)

    Ahhhh grilled veggies! I’ll never say no to those. Love how everyone has their own special spin on this summer dish. Thanks for putting it on my radar for the season!

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  8. 204 Park
    05.21.14 at 12:13 pm (2 months ago)

    Pasta salad is the bomb! I haven’t had it in forever so I know what I’m doing tonight!! XO! S
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  9. Me And My Mini Me
    05.21.14 at 12:53 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh lawd this looks so beyond delicious. *mouth watering

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  10. Carrie Finnerty
    05.22.14 at 6:00 am (2 months ago)

    That salad looks so beautiful! I wonder if it might be nice with some spinach thrown in for good measure? I love spinach!

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  11. 204 Park
    05.22.14 at 12:01 pm (2 months ago)

    Ooh how tasty does this sound?! Love love a good pasta salad, can’t wait to give this a try! XO, D

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  12. Brenda
    05.22.14 at 3:56 pm (2 months ago)

    That sounds SO yummy! The flowers at the end just make my heart melt. So lovely <3

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