Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On My Hearth: Summer Pasta and Bean Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Summer Pasta and Bean Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil, Veggie Burger photo 20140728_182238_zpss3opd5fh.jpg

Yesterday was an especially warm day, so glad I had something light planned for dinner.  This pasta salad was fresh and delicious, a perfect side to a simple veggie burger. I added a can of water-packed artichoke hearts because I thought they'd be a nice addition, and used black-eyed peas because I had some left over in the fridge.

Summer Pasta and Bean Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil photo 20140728_174622_zpsax9vf1jc.jpg

 Summer Pasta and Bean Salad with 

Fresh Tomatoes and Basil


  •   8             ounces  whole wheat pasta -- rotini or whatever shape you prefer
  •   2              large  tomatoes -- chopped
  •      1/2                red onion -- thinly sliced
  •   3                     green onions -- thinly sliced
  •      1/2           cup  chopped fresh basil
  •   8 1/2         ounces  canned artichoke heart
  •   1                can  white beans -- (15 ounce) drained and rinsed
  •   1           teaspoon  dried oregano
  •   2        tablespoons  balsamic vinegar
  •                         kosher or sea salt -- to taste
  •                         freshly ground black pepper -- to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
  2. Combine pasta with remaining ingredients and let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature prior to serving.

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Makes 6 1-1/2 cup servings. Per Serving: 277 Calories; 1g Fat (3.2% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 55g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 114mg Sodium. 

This morning I got up early and took a nice walk on the beach, enjoyed hanging out with my feathered friends!

07.29.14 Walk2 photo 20140729_061938_zpsegebgriu.jpg

Followed by a neighborhood walk with Loki, I logged 3.5 miles so far. Not a bad start to the day!

Off to run errands and then see a matinee, have a great day!


  1. Yum! This looks delicious and I even have everything to make it. Heading off to the kitchen now! Thanks :)

  2. I love artichokes! I think fresh pasta is the best side to any summer dish.
    P.S: That photo of the ocean is beautiful! Walking in the beach in the early morning is so nice.<3


    1. Adi, it really is so wonderful, I cherish my morning walks! :)