Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Well, we made it back from our trip to Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon.

My daughter and her cousin enjoyed feeding all the chipmunks and squirrels from atop Mt. Howard overlooking the lake. There is a gondola that takes you to the top.

We tried our luck at fishing for the first time. We didn't catch anything, which probably wasn't too bad. I'm not sure what would have happened if my animal loving daughter saw a fish attached to the line she just reeled up.

I'm feeling kind of guilty lately. I haven't been posting as often as I would like. I'll blame it on summer. Here in Portland we are in the midst of a brutal heat wave. It was 103 yesterday and 106 today. Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter. For the average, mild, rain soaked North Westerner, the heat is almost paralyzing. My family and I headed for the beach yesterday to avoid the hot hot weather. It was a rare moment on the Oregon coast where the ocean water actually felt refreshing and not just ice cold. So there it is, I've been a slacker lately. A hot kitchen is not the best place to hang out in the summer.

Summer or not, I still have to eat, so I present you with a gluten free pasta salad. I don't really follow a recipe for this, but I'll approximate amounts.
Pasta Salad
1 box of Ancient Harvest Quinoa Rotelle Pasta (prepare according to box-drain)
1/4 pound Italian dry salami (cubed)
1 medium cucumber (cubed)
3 Tbs sun dried tomatoes (diced)
4 ounces Feta cheese crumbles
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and refrigerate for about an hour prior to serving. Feel free to add any of your favorite ingredients. Olives and red onion would be a great addition.


  1. Fun trip! And the fishing so cute, she's just adorable. Nice pasta salad with the feta!

  2. The pasta salad looks great, but I can't get over the temperatures! I didn't realize it got so hot in that area, I thought it was more mild. Yikes!


  3. Does that quinoa pasta stay soft if you refigerate overnight? The Tinkyada gets hard and crunchy is you have leftover pasta salad. It has been so cold here in Ohio. No days of 90 degrees this July, mostly the 70s. Weird weather this summer.

  4. Wow! That is really hot! It hasn't been that hot here, but with the humidity I get drained quickly when I go out.

    Pasta salad is a great idea. I don't know why I haven't made any yet this summer. And I still have plenty of cukes to use.

  5. I think I'm going to have to try quinoa pasta! Looks delicious and so healthy! I am a slacker too! In fact I named my post summer slackin' before I came to say HI! Haha!
    Jessie at Blog Schmog

  6. I love pasta salad too... especially with feta cheese!

  7. This pasta salad sounds great. My kids will be excited about the salami and I love anything with feta. Thanks for the idea.