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    Pasta Salad for Lunch This Week!

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    duonyte's Note:

    This recipe came from Real Simple. It's one that you clearly can modify to use whatever you have handy in the pantry and fridge. Bringing a lunch from home is a great way to save money - even the employee cafeteria is getting pricey! You can use pretty much any short variety of pasta. I would add julienned sundried tomatoes to several of these, or some chopped red bell pepper, for color and flavor. I threw in a little Chinese Roast Pork with the Asian version. Please note: I seem to get only 4 servings from a pound of pasta, so you might want to check that.

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    Day 1 - Mediterranean Pasta

    Day 2 - Artichoke Almond and Parmesan Pasta

    Day 3 - Tuna Red Onion and Olive Pasta

    Day 4 - Asian Pasta Salad

    Day 5 - Chicken and Pesto Pasta


    1. 1
      Cook the pasta as per package instructions. Rinse in cold water and toss with a little olive oil. Refrigerate.
    2. 2
      For each day, whisk together the liquid ingredients, if there is more than one.
    3. 3
      Mix the remaining ingredients with 1 1/2 cup of the cooked pasta, then toss with the liquid ingredients.
    4. 4
      For the Chicken and Pesto version, I found that warming the pasta in the microwave just a bit helped it toss more evenly with the pesto. You do need to let it cool a bit before packing it up for your lunch.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 07, 2013


      I really enjoyed the Artichoke Almond and Parmesan version for dinner tonight. I doubt that I would have thought of pairing these ingredients but I'm glad that someone else did. I made just a single serving for myself this evening and ate it hot. Very yummy!

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    • on February 26, 2012


      What the heck! I made this recipe pretty much as given, to & including spreading it out over 5 days (well, 4 really, but I've got the making for the 5th one tomorrow & since the first 4 have gone so deliciously well, I'm sure that one will, too)! Definitely a great way to work a recipe, & it IS a keeper for me! Thanks for sharing it! [Made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hits recipe tag]!

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    • on July 01, 2011


      This is wonderful! It is so easy to prepare and tastes wonderful! I made the day 3 version using marinated tofu in place of tuna and a yellow onion instead of the red as thats all I had. Also I added in some garlic and pepper. It was so good, Ill certainly make it again.
      I had some leftovers and so the next day I added some tomato sauce to juicen them up a bit more and that was even better I thought.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this keeper with us, Duonyte!
      Made and reviewed for 1-2-3-Hit Wonders June 2011.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pasta Salad for Lunch This Week!

    Serving Size: 1 (359 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 722.0
    Calories from Fat 270
    Total Fat 30.0 g
    Saturated Fat 5.1 g
    Cholesterol 14.8 mg
    Sodium 457.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 99.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 25.0 g
    Sugars 3.2 g
    Protein 20.4 g

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    rice vinegar


    pesto sauce

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