Summer Pasta Salad

This is very versatile; any combination of vegetables you have on hand can be used.  You can also add cooked chicken or shrimp or, if you are vegetarian, TVP, for a complete meal.

3 c. cooked pasta such as penne (gluten free or other)

1/2 medium zucchini, diced

2 medium carrots, diced

3 mushrooms, chopped

1 c. diced cucumber

1/2 c. frozen peas, thawed

1 T. each walnut pieces and sliced almonds

2 T. sunflower seeds

1/4 c. raisins


1 – 2 T. dried dill

1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt, thinned with a little milk

1/2 package Simply Organic Ranch dip

1 T. creamy cucumber dressing


Combine pasta and remaining ingredients except dressing in a large bowl.  Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over pasta salad.  Stir well.  Refrigerate until chilled.

Easy Three Vegetable Salad


1 pepper, seeded and sliced

1 – 1 1/2 c. green beans

1 c. corn

Steam pepper and beans together until tender, about 10 minutes.  Cook corn (I microwaved it). Dice pepper and cut beans into small pieces.

Dressing ingredients:

1 T. olive oil

1/2 T. balsamic vinegar

1 T. dried dill

1 T. italian spice mix

Salt and pepper

Place cooked vegetables in medium size bowl.


Add dressing ingredients, stir to combine. Enjoy!  Great with any meat.

Colorful Quinoa Salad


1 c. quinoa

2 c. water

Combine quinoa and water in large pot, bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low, simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Let cool.

In large bowl combine the quinoa with the following:

2 c. diced cucumber

2 c. diced pepper

1/3 c. toasted sunflower seeds

2/3 c. toasted sliced almonds

1/2 c. raisins

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained (reserve juice)



Combine in a jar or other container with a lid, shake well, pour over salad.

1/3 c. reserved mandarin orange juice

1/4 c. olive oil

1 T. each dill, Italian spice blend

1 tsp. mustard

1 tsp. lemon juice

salt and pepper


Serves about 8 – 10 as a side salad


Chicken Salad on a Bed of Spinach




1 c. spinach, roughly torn

1/2 cooked chicken burger, ground (equal amount of a cooked chicken breast could also be used)

1/2 small zucchini and 1/2 medium carrot, shredded

1 tsp. oil

1 T. non-fat plain yogurt

1 T. Sesame Teriyaki sauce, such as Organicville.


Put the spinach on a plate.  Combine remainder of ingredients in small bowl, place on top of spinach. The chicken salad blend would also work well in a wrap or as a sandwich.  Serves one, easily doubles or triples. Enjoy!

Pasta Salad {Gluten Free, Low Fodmap}


Eating low fodmap for IBS is not easy. I slip on and off the low fodmap wagon frequently. After a particularly bad tummy day I made this pasta salad.

1 package Catelli Gluten Free fusilli style pasta. cooked according to package directions

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1/4 zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2/3 c. frozen green peas
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, green part only, chopped
1/2 small cucumber, chopped
Dash of rice vinegar
Various dried salad herbs, about 1 T. each (thyme, oregano, dillweed, tarragon, cilantro)
1 T. celery salt
1 T. chili powder
1 T. pepper
1 tsp. salt or to taste
3/4 c. mayonnaise
a bit of olive oil (1 – 2 T. )

Combine in a large bowl and chill before serving. About 8 servings. If you can handle dairy you could add some cubed cheese. Cooked chicken or hard boiled eggs would work also for protein to make this a complete meal.  *Catelli Gluten Free Pasta has corn, white and brown rice and quinoa grains.

Salad Rolls {Gluten Free}


After a friend of mine made salad rolls and brought them to our luncheon a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to try making them myself. These are nice as an appetizer or even a main course when it’s too hot outside to cook.

Recipe and instructions:

You will need a package of rice paper wrappers. I bought mine at a health food store but it’s likely these are available in less expensive stores such as Superstore in Canada.

First prepare your filling ingredients. You will need:

Shred or slice thinly one cooked chicken breast or cooked pork. Cooked shrimp will also work. Slice very thinly (or shred) an assortment of vegetables. Here I used a pepper, cucumber, and green onions. Quantities used for  the vegetables were about 1/2 pepper, 5 or so green onions, and about one-third of an English cucumber (which was enough for 10 salad rolls) Also, about a tablespoon of broccoli slaw and a leaf of fresh basil per wrapper was also used.




Fill a large bowl with warm water. Take the individual rice wrapper and soak it for 5 seconds in the water. Place the wrapper on a plate or the counter and let it sit for 30 seconds to soften.

Then, fill wrapper with a small amount of each of your ingredients, placing the ingredients near the bottom of the rice wrapper. The rice wrapper pictured below likely had too much filling; I tended to over fill mine and then, when it came time to eat them, they became “deconstructed salad rolls.”


Carefully draw the sides of the filled rice wrapper towards the middle. Then fold the bottom in towards the middle and roll up.  Lather, rinse, repeat for as many rolls as you have filling for.  I had enough filling for about 10 salad rolls.  Cover with saran wrap once you’re done making the rolls so they do not dry out.

**Salad rolls are pretty versatile. Today I made them using shredded carrots, thinly sliced pieces of romaine lettuce, pepper, broccoli, and leftover canned salmon.

Enjoy with peanut sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Peanut Sauce:

1 c. water (GF chicken broth could also be used)
2 T. cornstarch
¼ c. peanut butter
1 T. oil
2 T. wheat free / GF soy sauce
2  – 3 T. Thai sweet chili sauce or to taste

Whisk together in a small pot and heat over medium heat until peanut butter is melted. If this becomes too thick, add  a little more water or broth.

Barley and Brown Rice Salad

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This versatile recipe is very tasty.

1/2 c. pearl barley, rinsed

1/2 c. brown rice, rinsed

2 c. water

dash salt

2 cups diced vegetables – I used a mixture of celery, green onions, and carrots)

1/2 c. each dried cranberries and chopped walnuts

1/2 c. crumbled soft cheese – I used Boursin, but feta or goat cheese would work well too


1/2 c. oil

1/4 c. vinegar

2 – 3 T. each maple syrup and mustard

2 T. soy sauce

salt and pepper

While this version is vegetarian, chopped diced chicken, canned tuna, or tofu can also be added.

Bring water to  a boil.  Add rice and barley. Cover and lower heat to medium low and cook for about 40 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes or until any remaining water is absorbed.  Combine with remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix up dressing in a jar and pour over salad.  Refrigerate for a few hours to cool and let flavors meld.  Serves 4- 6.