Friday, May 7, 2010

Warm Pasta Salad with Lima Beans, Bok Choy, and Walnuts

Pasta salads are always fresh, vibrant, and full of taste. They are wonderful in summer when one really does not want to go anywhere near hot food!! But what do you do when you get that pasta salad craving and you are in the middle of cold spring showers? Make a warm pasta salad, of course! They are just as delectable, comforting, and delicious. I made mine with warm macaroni, oven grilled soysage (soya sausage), lima beans, bok choy, onions, and walnuts!!

1 cup macaroni
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup fresh cream
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 small onion, chopped
1 soysage
1/2 cup lima beans
2 cups bok choi, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chili Flakes, as needed

  1. Prepare the dressing for your salad by blending together the cream, yogurt, salt and pepper. Set aside, but do not refrigerate.
  2. Grill the soysage in your oven with a drizzling of olive oil. Slice.
  3. At the same time, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan, add the chopped onions, fry until transparent, add the lima beans, stir, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, throw in the sliced soysage, cover.
  4. Prepare the macaroni as per instructions on the packet.
  5. Drain and add the macaroni to the sauteed onion mix in sitting the pan. Stir in the bok choy.
  6. Pour the warm salad into a large bowl. 
  7. Stir in the walnuts and pour the dressing. Mix well.
  8. Check for seasoning. Serve warm in large bowls. Sprinkle with chili flakes, if desired.

This comforting Warm Pasta Salad goes out to Presto Pasta Nights hosted this week by its creator Ruth @ Once Upon a Feast!!

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  1. pasta salads are one of my favs...especially creamy ones!!...looks very yummy..

  2. woo healthy salad looks soo creamy and yum

  3. Wow.. this sounds so comforting and perfect for the weather!

  4. What a beautiful dish! I love your site it's so nice.

  5. Wat a delectable salad, sounds interesting..

  6. Wow...the salad looks so good...nice creamy must have tasted so delicious :)

  7. This pasta salad looks oh so delicious! I love that you used greek yogurt instead of mayo!

  8. Pasta salads always make me think of summer and this warm one sounds perfect for those damp, rainy days any time of year. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Night.


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