• Mal’s Pasta Salad

    May 20, 2009

    I’m lucky to have Mal. He’s a good guy, he’s handsome, and he knows the way to my heart is through my stomach! 😉

    I took a yoga class after work this evening, so by the time I got home, I was hun-gry! My wonderful hubby whipped up a tasty (and healthy!) cold pasta salad for our dinner tonight. He definitely impressed me with his culinary skillz

    Mal didn’t measure the ingredients as he was throwing together the pasta salad, but he estimated the best he could in case you want to create the recipe yourself.

    Mal’s Pasta Salad

    Serves 4-6

    5-6 ounces of whole wheat rotini 
    1 green pepper, chopped
    1 large head of broccoli, chopped
    1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved  
    1/4 cup onion, chopped
    1 can of black beans, drained 
    1/2 cup Italian dressing  

    Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve cold.  

    I topped a bed of greens with a hearty scoop of Mal’s pasta salad. The meal was excellent– very summery! 😎

    For his good work in the kitchen (including washing the dishes!), my husband expects to be rewarded. He’s now chanting: “peanut butter cookies… peanut butter cookies!” as I type this! So, I’m off to do a little baking.

    Enjoy the evening! 

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    { 26 comments… read them below or add one }

    Pearl May 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    what a delish pasta salad and the fact that your husband cooks makes HIM even more delish!


    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) May 20, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I need to make that pasta salad! It looks great!


    The Novice Berker May 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    So cute that Mal made it for you! I thought the “malzone” from earlier was really clever too. 😉


    Madison May 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you for that recipe. I was not sure what I was going to make for dinner! But now I know! Yum.


    Shelby May 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    That sounds really fresh and light. I just wish I liked pasta! haha
    Ooo maybe I’ll try it with zucchini noodles!


    Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    what a guy! have fun baking 😉


    Meredith (Pursuing Balance) May 20, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Pasta salad is so wonderfully summery!


    Emily (Natural Nutritionist) May 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Yum! It looks and sounds refreshing!


    Brandi May 20, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    nice dinner, Mal! love that he’s chanting for cookies 🙂

    looks like you had a nice day and great weather! I love those gnu bars.


    Lauren May 20, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Aww Mal is too sweet. I love it when my hubby surprises me with dinner. He started doing this as a monthly thing and even schedules it into our google. I love it!!!

    You should hint hint this idea to the hubby. 😉

    Have a great evening.


    Priyanka May 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Cold pasta on a summery day! Awesome!


    Amanda May 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Looks great! Haha chanting like that is totally something my boyfriend would do – such a little kid 🙂


    Maria May 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I love cold veggie pasta salads! Looks tasty. Enjoy your cookies!


    meg May 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Love the pasta salad. Mal is definitely a keeper.


    Michelle Hisae May 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I love it when my boyfriend makes a healthy meal because he KNOWS I’ll love it. Oh how they know us. 🙂


    Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 20, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    WOOHOO!! Go Mal! What a great dinner 🙂


    Erica May 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Mal- please come teach Josh, from-Erica. haha jk. SO sweet of him! I love lots of veggies mixed with a big of veggies- perfect combo.


    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Yum! I love meals like that. So light and simple!


    Christina May 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    So great your husband cooks you dinner sometimes! It seems only fair you make dessert (he has good taste in cookies!) Have fun baking!


    foodiegettingfit May 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Wow this is a super simple recipe that I”m totally gonna rock out in college! Gotta love a guy who cooks 😀


    Jaime (Embracing Balance) May 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    You are so lucky. My guy would make a can of soup or scrambled eggs with cheese. LOL.


    Caroline May 21, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Love pasta salad–such an easy way to use of leftovers!


    Christie May 21, 2009 at 6:18 am

    I’m so jealous that your husband can cook. Last night, I was exhausted and put the dear husband in charge of dinner and we ended up ordering take out. He has no culinary skillz!


    Caroline May 21, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Haha, thank Mal for inspiring my dinner tonight! I was trying to figure out how to use all those veggies before leaving town 🙂


    Kelsey Geist July 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm


    I am going to make Mal’s Pasta Salad for my 4th of July BBQ! YUM!!!


    Jenny December 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was a hit with me and my husband! Will definitely be a staple dinner item in our house, thank you!


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