Mar 21, 2012

Recipe of the Day: Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Pasta Salad

**This is a non-beauty related post so feel free to skip it if you'd like**

Have I told you all that I'm attempting to lose 10 pounds for the wedding?  Yes, well, you all know now I guess.  Weight is important to everyone but for some reason it's a topic I'm very aware of. 

I grew up in a family that ate extremely healthy all the time and because I danced almost 7 days a week, I was in very good shape.  However, when I quit smoking almost 4 years ago, I gained weight instantly.  It felt like I went to bed one size and woke up the next morning a completely different size.  It was a hard adjustment and it's been very difficult to shed the weight I gained at that point.  However, I've been eating well, exercising and am very proud to say that my wedding dress is already a size too big!

I have been making a lot of fantastic salads for work lately and wanted to share one of my newest faves.  So, here's the recipe.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Pasta Salad

1 lb. whole wheat fusili or rotini pasta (I used fusili but think it would be better with rotini)
1 cup walnuts, toasted (my walnuts were not toasted and it still tasted great)
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup red onion, diced
 3 cups baby spinach, torn
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
4 cloves of garlic 
2 tsp dijon mustard 
salt and pepper

Step 1: Cook pasta according to box directions, drain well and rinse in cold water.  Put cooling pasta aside.
Step 2: Mix together the oil, vinegar, mustard and garlic.
Step 3: In a very large bowl, mix together spinach, feta cheese, sun-dried tomato, onion and walnuts.
Step 4: Once pasta is cool, mix pasta, greens and dressing together.
Step 5: ENJOY!!

The hardest part of this recipe is sticking to a normal portion size.  Happy eating ladies and let me know how the recipe turns out for you!


  1. Sounds so yummy! Can't wait to try it. xo

    1. Thanks Bronwen!! It's super yummy too..(I'm eating it right now for lunch)

  2. That looks nice! I think I might give it a go sans the feta and with a couple of adjustments, I have quite a few of the ingredients already. Congrats on the dress size, it always makes the effort well worth it. :)

  3. Looks yummy, defo going to make this.

  4. That looks delicious dear! I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss. :^) I know it is difficult!


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