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Hot honey pasta salad

Hot honey pasta salad - pasta salad with arugula, peppers, fresh mozzarella, corn and pine nuts with a hot honey sauce

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This hot honey pasta salad is sweet, spicy, and about to become a favorite dish for summer.

You all know my love for hot honey! (Remember my apple and brie hot honey flatbreads? Yummm.) This hot honey pasta salad is everything about summer packed in a bowl – sweet, with a little heat, fresh and bursting with color.  Scroll down for my recipe and be sure to pin it!

hot honey pasta salad - pasta with arugula, peppers, mozzarella, pine nuts topped with a hot honey sauce

Hot Honey Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

For the pasta salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 cup of mini bell peppers, sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 container mozzarella balls, drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp hot honey
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)

Directions:

1.) Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and allow to cool.

2.) While the pasta cools, prepare the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

3.) In a large bowl, add the pasta, and the rest of the salad ingredients.

Making hot honey pasta salad - pasta with veggies, fresh mozzarella and topped with a hot honey sauce

4.) Top with hot honey dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and mix well.

Enjoy!!

 

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Hot honey pasta salad - pasta salad with arugula, peppers, fresh mozzarella, corn and pine nuts with a hot honey sauce

Hot honey pasta salad

This hot honey pasta salad is sweet and spicy just how summer should be. This will be your new favorite dish of summer.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 cup mini bell peppers sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 container mozzarella balls water drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp hot honey
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and allow to cool.
  • While the pasta cools, prepare the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large bowl, add the pasta, and the rest of the salad ingredients.
  • Top with hot honey dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and mix well.
Keyword easy meals, pasta, salad
17 In food/ Recipes

How to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad

How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad - watermelon chunks with sliced cucumbers, diced avocado, with lime juice, feta and mint leaves.

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This watermelon salad is Kate Middleton’s favorite and is so refreshing for the hot summer months.

Last summer I discovered what is apparently Kate Middleton’s favorite watermelon salad and omg I couldn’t stop eating it!  Watermelon is my absolute favorite fruit. In fact, when I was pregnant with both boys, I craved it and would go through a watermelon a day. So when I saw this watermelon salad with fresh cucumbers and feta I knew I had to try it.  I dream about it all year when I can make it for summer and you will too! Scroll down for how to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad.

Why you will love this watermelon salad

Not only are watermelon and cucumber both really refreshing and pack a satisfying crunch, but they are low calorie, super hydrating foods for the summer months. Paired with salty feta cheese, this salad is the perfect combo of sweet and savory! And then rounded out with some creamy avocado for some healthy fats.

And if you love watermelon as much as I do, check out this spicy watermelon margarita!

 

I tried Kate Middleton's watermelon salad - girl eating watermelon salad with cucumber, feta, and fresh mint.

 

How to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

Directions:

1.) In a large bowl, add the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumbers, avocado, feta and chopped mint.

2.) Drizzle with the juice of a fresh lime, apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt then toss until evenly coated.

Enjoy!!!

Kate Middleton's watermelon salad - chunks of watermelon with cucumber, feta, mint leaves, and lime juice is a refreshing low calorie salad for summer

 

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How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon salad - watermelon, cucumber, feta and avocado

How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad - watermelon chunks with sliced cucumbers, diced avocado, with lime juice, feta and mint leaves.

Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad

This watermelon salad is apparently Kate Middleton's favorite. Cool and refreshing watermelon and cucumber make this a super hydrating salad for summer. Paired with salty feta and creamy avocado this watermelon salad is both sweet and savory and will become your newest favorite healthy dish.
5 from 3 votes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves chopped
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumbers, avocado, feta and chopped mint.
  • Drizzle with the juice of a fresh lime, apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt then toss until evenly coated. Enjoy!
Keyword healthy recipes, salad, summer dish
6 In food/ Recipes

Greek chicken pasta salad

Greek chicken pasta salad - salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, olives and topped with feta and a tzatziki sauce.

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This Greek chicken pasta salad is packed with protein and can easily be made ahead of time. This salad is made with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and feta served over pasta and grilled chicken with a homemade tzatziki dressing so it’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors.

It’s Wednesday so it’s time for another Wednesday Salad. This week I’m mixing up your traditional pasta salad and giving it a little Mediterranean flair for this Greek chicken pasta salad.

Why you will love this Greek chicken pasta salad

This is the perfect spring or summer dish for a party or light meal on a hot night. It’s packed with protein, and is a great way to use leftover chicken. This salad can easily be made ahead of time for the week too so that you can nosh throughout the week! I like to make the homemade Tzatziki because it just tastes so much fresher but if you’d like you can use store bought too!

Greek chicken pasta salad - bowl with pasta, tomatoes, olives, diced onion, cucumber, chicken, feta cheese and topped with tzatziki sauce.

Greek chicken pasta salad

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 box of pasta cooked al dente
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cooked, diced
  • 1 jar of kalamata olives, drained, pitted and diced
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 block of feta cheese, cut into cubes

For the dressing: (or store bought is fine)

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, finely grated and water squeezed out.
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • salt (to taste)

Directions:

1.) If you’re using a homemade Tzatziki dressing, start by making the dressing. In a medium sized bowl combine all dressing ingredients and then refrigerated. If you’re using store bought, skip this step.

2.) In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients – the pasta, veggies, chicken, and feta cheese.

3.) When ready to serve, top with Tzatziki dressing and mix well.

Making a Greek chicken pasta salad topped with homemade Tzatziki made with fresh greek yogurt, cucumber, dill and mint

Enjoy!!!

 

Greek chicken pasta salad - pasta with diced cucumber, onion, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta and drizzled with homemade tzatziki sauce.

 

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Greek chicken pasta salad - salad with grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, olives and topped with feta and a tzatziki sauce.

Greek chicken pasta salad

This Greek chicken pasta salad is packed with protein and can easily be made ahead of time. This salad is made with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and feta served over pasta and grilled chicken with a homemade tzatziki dressing so it’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors.
5 from 2 votes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 1 box pasta cooked al dente
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts cooked and sliced
  • 1 jar kalamata olives pitted, drained and chopped
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 block feta cheese cut into cubes

For the dressing

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber finely grated and water squeezed out
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive olive
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • If you’re using a homemade Tzatziki dressing, start by making the dressing. In a medium sized bowl combine all dressing ingredients and then refrigerated. If you're using a store bought, skip this step.
  • In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients – the pasta, veggies, chicken, and feta cheese.
  • When ready to serve, top with Tzatziki dressing and mix well.
Keyword pasta, salad
17 In food/ Recipes

The best Caesar Pasta Salad

The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

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This is the best Caesar pasta salad ever. Made with a homemade Caesar dressing, this is a great summer meal, whether on it’s own or with chicken, steak or fish.

I love me some Caesar salad. It’s my fave summer meal on it’s own with a chilled glass of Sauvy B, with some fries (girl dinner), or topped with some grilled chicken.

I combined my love of Caesar salad and pasta to make this Caesar pasta salad. Adding pasta or grains to veggie salads is a great way to bulk up a salad while also keeping it lighter and not so heavy on carbs. This salad is topped with a homemade Caesar dressing that is super easy to make and I promise you’ll never want to use the bottled stuff again!

This salad can be prepped ahead of time which makes it an easy weeknight meal, side dish or to bring to a BBQ or party. Scroll down for my recipe.

The Best Caesar Pasta Salad

*Modifications – a traditional Caesar dressing has anchovies in it. I do not like anchovies, so I used capers instead, to get that salty, briny flavor.

I like to make the dressing ahead of time and keep in a bottle so that you can enjoy throughout the week.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shreds
  • croutons

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or you can do Greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp capers  (you can also use anchovies or anchovy paste)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Boil one box of pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.

2.) Prepare the dressing.  Add all of the dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.

Homemade caesar dressing for the best caesar pasta salad - bowls with mayo, dijon, garlic, capers, worcestshire sauce and Parmesan cheese

3.) In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, pasta, and Parmesan cheese.

making the best caesar pasta salad - bowl of dressing, pasta, grated Parmesan cheese and chopped lettuce

4.) When ready to serve, top with the Caesar dressing, tossing well so it’s all evenly covered. Then top with croutons.

Enjoy!!!

The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

Caesar pasta salad with homemade chicken parm

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The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

The best Caesar pasta salad

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

For Salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shreds
  • croutons

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (you can also use Greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp capers (you can also use anchovies or anchovy paste)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil one box of pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the dressing.  Add all of the dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, pasta, and Parmesan cheese.
  • When ready to serve, top with the Caesar dressing, tossing well so it’s all evenly covered. Then top with croutons.
Keyword healthy recipes, low carb, salad