Saturday, January 16, 2010

Savory Saturday - Pasta Salad with Smoked Salmon

My children have asked me more than once to compile our recipes into a customized Family cookbook.  It's their desire to bring this "cookbook" with them to college.  What a great idea.  Eating familiar food in an unfamiliar place will help them adjust more easily.  My problem is that a lot of my recipes have ingedients that are estimated.  To write recipes would require that I measure ingredients and time every step of the cooking process.  Time consuming, but I'll try.   

Pasta Salad with Smoked Salmon
Served warm or cold, this salad is a perfect for a busy college student.  It is simple and easy to prepare.  The ingredients can be adjusted according to desired taste.

1 lb uncooked pasta
baby spinach (desired amount)
tomato, diced (desired amount)
smoked salmon (desired amount)
1/4 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 or more pieces kalamata olives (optional)
1 tbsp capers (optional)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cook and drain the pasta (aldente).  Lay the spinach in a wide bowl.  Pour the hot pasta over spinach.  Set aside salmon and add all other ingredients.  Toss the salad adding more seasoning as needed.  Top with slices of smoked salmon.  Enjoy your simple balanced meal! :)

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