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Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad
 

Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad - Pasta salad that is made with fresh ingredients and loads of flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

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As we enter spring, I wanted to create a pasta salad that showcases the vibrant colors of green! Not only is this recipe a crowd-pleaser, it’s also highly nutritious. As you may have already guessed, pesto is the star in this dish.

Where are my pesto lovers at!? Pesto is my absolute favorite when it comes to dips, sauces, or just straight out of the bowl. Unfortunately, most restaurants or pizzarias will have pesto that contains dairy. I either bear through it and deal with the repercussions later or just bring my own, lol.

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This pesto is a lot like my 5-ingredient vegan pesto but with an upgrade. The pesto used in this dish contains more greens like arugula and watercress as well as one of my favorite vegetable, peas!

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Other bright and colorful green vegetables that are added to this pasta salad are asparagus and broccolini. Like most of my pasta dishes, I use Banza pasta. Banza is a great gluten-free option that also contains a higher amount of protein, fiber, and less net carbs than most traditional pastas out there.

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This vibrant pea pesto pasta salad is great on its own but also perfect as a side dish for your meal preps. Add a side of grilled chicken and you’re good to go!

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As a Banza ambassador, I’m excited to announce that the first person who makes this dish and provides feedback will receive coupons for free Banza pasta! To qualify for this giveaway you must:

  1. Make this recipe!

  2. Leave a comment below.

  3. Post in your Instagram story or feed a picture of your finished dish and add #fromtherootsblog .

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I was not financially compensated for this post. All recipes, photos, and opinions are my own.


Vibrant Pea Pesto Pasta Salad - Pasta salad that is made with fresh ingredients and loads of flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • 1 bunch broccolini

  • 1 bunch asparagus

  • ½ lemon (juice)

  • 1 box (8 oz) Banza pasta rotini

PEA PESTO

  • 7-9 raw almonds

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • ½ cup peas (frozen)

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil

  • ½ cup packed watercress and arugula

  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast

  • ⅓ cup EVOO

  • ½ lemon

  • S&P to season

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. Drizzle with oil of choice and toss to prevent noodles from sticking.

  2. While pasta is cooking, blanch asparagus and broccolini by filling a medium saucepan halfway with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil. While the water is heating, prepare the asparagus by breaking off any tough, white bottoms and cutting the spears into 1 to 2 inch sections. Add the asparagus and broccolini to the boiling water and lower the heat slightly to maintain a simmer. Cook for about 2 minutes and drain the hot water. Add the veggies to an ice bath after to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

  3. Make pesto by adding almonds and garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients except oil and blend until combine. Slowly add in the olive oil until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. If mixture is too dry, add a little water. It should be thick but pourable.

  4. Taste and adjust flavor as needed; set aside.

  5. Add cooked pasta, broccolini, asparagus, and peas to a mixing/serving bowl and top with pesto. Squeeze half of lemon and toss to combine. Garnish with herbs, S&P, pine nuts, or hemp seeds (optional).

  6. Best served fresh at room temperature. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 
Strawberry Fields Salad
 

This spring salad was featured in Bliss Women Magazine. Their mission is to make women's health and well-being a priority. Check out their website to learn more!

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Spring is finally here!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sunshine lasts longer. I always look forward to the weather becoming warmer and our frozen world coming back to life.  The spring is a gentle reminder that seasons do not last forever and that eventually, flowers will begin to bloom again. How can this reawakening of a flower relate to our story as women? Are you currently stuck in a career that does not allow for growth? Do you want to get your health back on track but don’t know where to start?  Just like a flower emerging from its winter slumber, so can we as women come into a new season of life. It might take some hard work and sacrifice, but with time you will begin to see the fruition of your efforts and fulfillment of your goals.

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Not only do flowers bloom but so does spring produce! In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so look for these fruits and veggies at your local farmer’s market or produce aisle:

Strawberries

Asparagus

Radishes

Peas

Rhubarb

Arugula

Beets

Fava beans

Artichokes

Avocados

Citrus Fruits

Fresh herbs

What better way to incorporate these ingredients than to make a spring salad! Salads are a super-convenient way to get in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit into your diet. Salads can also be fun, colorful and full of great texture.

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For this healthy recipe, I have created a vegetarian style salad with most of these spring ingredients that contain healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates that will keep you satisfied.

This winning strawberry fields salad is complex in flavor, yet super simple to make. It provides just the right amount of sweetness from the strawberries and honey balsamic vinaigrette, nuttiness from the pecans, creaminess from the avocado and goat cheese, tartness from the green apples, and spiciness from the arugula and radishes.  The honey balsamic vinaigrette pairs beautifully with the contrasting flavors and textures of the salad.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo with #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


This strawberry fields salad will become your new go-to salad for the spring! Made with fresh spring produce and a bright honey balsamic vinaigrette. A vegetarian and gluten-free option! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pecan halves

  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1 cup strawberries (sliced)

  • 1 large handful fresh mixed greens

  • 1 small handful fresh arugula

  • 2 Tbsp goat cheese (crumbled)

  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves

  • 1/2 cup carrots (shredded)

  • 1/2 granny smith apple (sliced)

  • 1/4 cup radishes (sliced)

  • 1/2 cup fresh snow peas

  • 1/2 avocado (sliced

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 lemon with zest

  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vineger

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • 1/4 tsp dijon mustard

  • salt and pepper to season

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Mix coconut oil and sugar together and add pecans. Toss until thoroughly coated. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes on one side and then flip them and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  4. While the pecans are roasting, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients until corporated. Give it a test taste. If you like it sweeter, add a touch more honey. If you like more vinegar, add a touch more balsamic.

  5. Toss dressing with the salad and top with avocado and coconut sugar roasted pecans.