Category Archives: Salads

Pasta Salad with Tuna

Pasta Salad with Tuna

Summer is almost over, I am counting down the days until school begins. These last couple of weeks have been pretty rough. The boys are getting bored, fighting, grumpy, tired… They certainly have their great moments, they are just fewer than usual. Plus for some unexplained reason they refuse to sleep. They are up around 5:30 in the morning which makes them tired and grumpy in the afternoon. The witching hours have returned.

Naps aren’t usually feasible, besides I want them to go to bed on time so Josh and I get a little adults only time. Speaking of which, Josh has been working long hours and six day weeks. This means it’s just me and the boys even more, making running errands insane to impossible. And of course the boys miss Daddy, Jack gets sad and cries at night if he hasn’t seen his Daddy that day.

So like I said it’s been rough. Because of the insanity of errands I have resorted to more cooking from the pantry and fridge. This is the first week I haven’t planned anything because I simply couldn’t get to the store.

The boys had a swim day so I needed a meal that I could make early in the afternoon and pop in the fridge. Then when we arrive home right at dinner time with three very hungry boys dinner would be ready to put on the table immediately.

Pasta Salad with Tuna

This meal fit all my needs and it used ingredients from the pantry, fridge and garden. Pasta salads are ideal this time of year since you can make it early in the day, thus boiling the pot of water before it gets too hot. Then you enjoy a cold meal when the heat is at it’s most ridiculous!

In my scavenging I came up with bow tie pasta, a favorite with the boys. Veggies were a little slim, tomatoes from the garden and some lettuce. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of protein since they would be famished after swim so I went with canned tuna and hard boiled eggs. Then to up the protein even more and add fiber I put in some chickpeas which I always have on hand for salads. The dill was pathetic looking so fresh thyme from the garden would have to do. And finally for my little addicts, some capers. If the boys had it their way they would eat a whole jar of capers!

This pasta salad really was a winner. The boys were over the moon happy with it. Ewan asked for seconds before he even finished his first serving. Jack had two servings as well. They asked if they could have it for breakfast. The only negatives in their eyes were the red tomatoes which they don’t like and not enough capers. I’m pleased they enjoyed it so much, hopefully you will too.

Pasta Salad with Tuna


Pasta Salad with Tuna
1/2 lb. pasta
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 c. chickpeas
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
2 (5 oz.) cans tuna, drained
2 Tbs. capers
1/2 onion, diced
Fresh chopped herb of choice (dill, thyme etc.)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 hard boiled eggs, quartered or sliced

Cook the pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Stir until the pasta is thoroughly coated. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the eggs and stir until combined. Place slices or wedges of egg on top, cover and put in the fridge until chilled.

Yield: 6 servings

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BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad
Our tomato plants are finally slowing down. While I am thrilled with the less work that it gives me, I am already going to miss all the fresh tomatoes! The various cherry and pear tomato plants are the first to go. The harvest remaining is small. This is one dish that is absolutely wonderful with any type of smaller tomato. Continue reading

Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Pasta salad is such a wonderful meal for hot summer days. Even better is using couscous instead of traditional pasta. Couscous is the less known pasta miracle. It cooks quickly and doesn’t need to boil the whole time. Perfect for meals in a hurry or hot days when you don’t want to boil water longer than necessary. Continue reading

Arugula with Blackberries and Chèvre

Arugula With Blackberries
I think I have may have mentioned before how our lettuce in the garden is done. Well that wasn’t completely true. You see, somehow we managed to miss the packet of arugula seeds when planting the garden. So I planted them a while ago and now we have arugula! It won’t last long since the temps are up on the 90s so I am enjoying it as often as possible.

Over the weekend we also had our first blackberries. It wasn’t enough to do much, especially since Jack kept eating them while I was trying to pick them without getting too scratched up! It was enough, however, to put on a wonderful salad with arugula. I have had it a couple of times this week it is so simple and delicious.

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Life has been crazy lately. Let’s call it the end of school year madness. Field trips, end of year parties, preschool graduation, Kindergarten graduation, add in swim team practices and you have madness!

Jack and Ewan are on the swim team this summer for the first time and practices started a few weeks ago. This means picking up Jack at the bus, rushing home for a quick snack and rushing off to the gym. It also means not getting home until just before 6PM. So what about dinner?!

If all goes well I do all my prep work earlier in the day and just need to heat things up when we get home. Or better yet, I make a salad like this Mediterranean lentil salad. Make it in the early afternoon, throw it in the fridge and you are good to go.

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Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

Salad  With Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction
Let me just say spring does not get any better than this! I was so excited to be able to chaperone Jack’s class on a field trip to the strawberry patch last week. Freshly picked strawberries, one of my favorite things! I usually take the boys every year, but this year was proving difficult given their different school schedules. I didn’t manage to get out and do it during spring break which meant getting all three boys to pick together would be near impossible.

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Mixed Greens with Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens with Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette

The time has arrived. We had our first salad with fresh greens from our very own garden! My beloved spring is finally here and that means delicious salads until it gets too hot that everything wilts or we eat it all first. This makes suffering through this past winter, Polar Vortex and all, completely worth it! Continue reading