Pasta Salad with Veggies

I love having more time to blog!

Another Rice Diet Cookbook inspiration.  I used the book to help build my menu plan this week, and it was incredibly helpful.  There are so many interesting and simple recipes that are easy to modify to your own tastes.  They also have 3 weeks of their own menu plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert).  Check it out!  Hint: If you do a google book search you can see most of the book, and it’s searchable.

Pasta Salad with Veggies


  • 3 cups uncooked whole wheat rotini (or other whole wheat pasta)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 vegetarian broth cube
  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Boil the water and add the broth cube; cook the pasta until al dente (or as you like it).
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan or wok (I used a wok).  Add the garlic, scallions, and red onion.  Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, plus the cooked pasta.  Mix well and serve – warm or chilled.

The dish was delicious and I managed to eat just enough to feel full, but not stuffed.  It was a very pleasant meal.  If you’re looking for a less intimidating way to eat pasta, try this!  I promise it’s good 🙂  Carby carbs can definitely make for an enjoyable experience.

13 Comments on Pasta Salad with Veggies

  1. carolinebee
    22 January, 2009 at 10:50 pm (8 years ago)

    YUM! That reminds me of cold pasta salads they have at the store or salad bars, but better! I was gonna say sorry about the job 😀 But congrats I guess..since it was your decision and you seem really happy and excited for the change, good luck!

  2. Hil
    22 January, 2009 at 11:03 pm (8 years ago)

    Whole grain pasta salads with veggies are the best…I’ve been happily demolishing a very similar concoction for my lunches this week. 🙂

  3. Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    23 January, 2009 at 12:19 am (8 years ago)

    Lovely recipe. Pasta is kinda scary for me too, so I usually try to veg it up. I”ll have to give this one a try. Thanks!

  4. Madison Song
    23 January, 2009 at 12:54 am (8 years ago)

    oh wow, totally missed that post, congrats on the decision! must have been quite a day! but i bet a good one =)

  5. K
    23 January, 2009 at 6:09 am (8 years ago)

    Carby carbs = YUM! I love google books 🙂

  6. VeggieGirl
    23 January, 2009 at 7:13 am (8 years ago)


  7. Sharon
    23 January, 2009 at 8:26 am (8 years ago)

    Maggie, I love your positivity! It’s great!
    And tasty recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    23 January, 2009 at 8:46 am (8 years ago)

    Yay for more blogging time! I too fear the pasta and always sub spaghetti squash. Silly as I know a few noodles won’t hurt me. Thanks for the recipe.

    Yoga question for ya…I get so frustrated when I cannot come back up into plank after I go down in Chaturanga. Polly said it took her some time to do this as well. Am I just lacking the arm strength?

  9. Meg Wolff
    23 January, 2009 at 9:17 am (8 years ago)

    This looks and sounds great! Maggie, Sounds like you are a reader. Would you be interested in reviewing a copy of Becoming Whole?

  10. Missy (Missy Maintains)
    23 January, 2009 at 9:21 am (8 years ago)

    I love whole grain pasta and veggies! Yours looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Sagan
    23 January, 2009 at 12:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Mmm looks good. It’s been a “fear food” for me too before- not so much anymore but a little bit. Love bulking it up with lots of veggies!

  12. Biz
    23 January, 2009 at 2:47 pm (8 years ago)

    I was so glad when I didn’t see chopped up veggie dogs in that dish!

    Good eats!

    Happy Friday!

  13. Katie
    23 January, 2009 at 5:29 pm (8 years ago)

    I’ve never thought to try water chestnuts in my pasta salad, but that sounds really good! I’ll have to try it.