Delicious Spring Rainbow Pasta and Salad

It's time to get your veggie on

Delicious Spring Rainbow Pasta and Salad


With Spring finally here, we are craving our crunchy and colourful vegetables more than ever, and we want to lighten our recipes, put aside our slow cooked comfort meals, and go for a beautiful salad or a good and light pasta dish. I am not one of those who have decided to eliminate pasta from their meals, as whole grains and fibre are still a very important part of a healthy diet, and the basis of the healthy Mediterranean diet. 

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In that spirit, here are two of my favourite spring recipes: the Rainbow Salad and Spring Rotini. Both are perfect for a healthy seasonal meal and easy to pack in the lunch box the next day. I like to use Barilla Plus – it is an excellent source of protein, high in fibre and is a source of Omega-3 all in one, but any rotini pasta will work in this recipe.

Spring Rotini (Serves 4)


340g (1 box) of rotini pasta
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 cups of fresh colourful vegetables such as red peppers, carrots, celery, kale, tomatoes, or other
1 branch of fresh thyme or 1 tsp (if dry)
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmigiano Reggiano for serving


 Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the directions on the packaging

 In a saucepan, stir-fry the vegetables in the olive oil, add the fresh thyme and cook until tender but still a little crunchy

 Add the drained pasta to the vegetables, toss well, season and add a little more olive oil to taste.

Serve with freshly grated parmigiano.

Note: Be creative: add shrimp, seared scallops, or cooked chicken to taste.


Rainbow Salad (Serves 2)


½ cup of red cabbage, shredded
1 Lebanese cucumber cut in 4
8 cherry tomatoes
1 carrot grated
1 yellow pepper sliced
2 chicken breasts cooked
¼ cup of walnuts, lightly roasted
1 spring onion, sliced
Fresh coriander


1 tsp of Dijon mustard
The juice of one lemon
¼ cup of olive oil
¼ cup of walnut oil
1 clove of garlic, pressed (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste


 Spread the red cabbage on the bottom of a dish and add all the other ingredients on top.

 Season with the dressing when ready to serve.

Both of these recipes have every nutritional advantages praised by the Mediterranean diet, known to be one of the best for a healthy diet.

We first eat with our eyes… Enjoy springtime and put some sunshine on your plate!