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Whole Wheat Mediterranean Pasta Salad

I’m really enjoying reading all of y’alls dream jobs! Sarah, when you find get that gelato tasting job in Italy, remember the little people.

So, other than sitting online and reading everyone’s hopes and dreams this morning, I went outside for a two mile run and then ended up at the gym to lift some weights. When I got back, I made this fine creation for lunch:

Whole Wheat Mediterranean Pasta Salad

serves 1

3/4 cup whole wheat spiral pasta (or, whatever one serving size is) cooked according to package then drained and rinsed with cold water
1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
5 sliced kalamata olives
2 tbsp Athenos Lemon, Garlic and Oregano Feta cheese
1 hard boiled egg
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of sea salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
First, make the dressing. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and salt. Add a teeny bit of warm water to thin it out a bit and stir well.
Combine the cooked pasta with the cherry tomatoes, olives and feta. Toss well. Add the dressing and toss again.
Serve with the hard boiled egg on the side.
I also had a bowl of watermelon because I just can’t stop.
MMMmmmmmm watermelonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    July 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t stop with the watermelon either. Especially since last night I cut some up and added it to my cocktail.

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    July 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I’m so addicted to watermelon right now. I love how sweet and refreshing it is!

  • Courtney (Delightful Devours)
    July 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I’m also addicted to sliced watermelon! What could be a better treat?
    You’re pasta salad looks great! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales
    July 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Looks like a good meal to me. I love watermelon it’s so refreshing.

  • Amelia
    July 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I am all about the watermelon right now. That pasta salad looks delicious, although I would need some green in mine.

  • Evan Thomas
    July 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Yum! I’ll have to try this with the brown rice pasta I have

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    July 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I think I’m slowly approaching the tipping point in that watermelon story you know … the one where you can even see one in picture? 🙂

  • Dorry
    July 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I love hearing about people’s dream jobs! Now let’s all figure out how to actually do it. 🙂

  • jenna
    July 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    mmm this pasta salad looks great!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    PERFECT! couldn’t be a better summer meal!

  • Erub
    July 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Sarah needs to check out the Gelato University! http://www.gelatouniversity.com/en/index.html?lng=en&langid=en&lng=en

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I love pasta salad that doesn’t have my nemesis, mayo. You should combine the feta and watermelon. So unexpectedly good!

  • Annie
    July 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I am eating a ridiculous amount of watermelon right now. It might get replaced with nectarines though. They are huge and incredibly sweet right now.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I could eat watermelon until I burst. So delicious, especially in the summer heat. 😀

  • sarah (this is it)
    July 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I love WATERMELON! I bought a whole one and I live alone. It is taking up my top shelf in the fridge and it needs to be eaten. That leaves me to eat it!
    Have you tried it frozen? I froze some last week and it was actually realllllly yummy to snack on as it thawed out. My plan was to make a smoothie, but I ate it first…oops.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    July 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    pasta salad looks delish… must try it later.

  • Camille
    July 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    My dream job as an author seems so lame next to Sarah’s! 🙂

  • Nichole
    July 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    My mother and I successfully dominated a watermelon yesterday. It all happened so fast:)
    That lunch puts my sandwich to shame!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    July 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Would you believe that I don’t really like Watermelon? It is a texture thing for me…it is always too mushy! Now give me some cantalope and I am your girl!

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner
    July 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Oh man, I would love a show on the Food Network. Something where I can eat tasty things all day and get paid for it. Maybe a spin-off of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Hole-in-the-wall greasy spoons are the BEST! …but only if, in this alternate universe, I could also be blessed with the metabolism of a grasshopper. Yeah, that would be nice.

  • Lisa
    July 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve made something similar and it was good! Love the greek salad spin of things. 🙂

  • Amanda
    July 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Yum! Your recipes are always so tasty and easy…this has easily become my favorite blog 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Okay, that pasta looks DELICiOUS. I could do some serious damage to that, haha.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    July 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    ooooh talk about tasty! And I love that you added a boiled egg on the side!

  • Sarah S.
    July 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Jenna, I just about died when I saw the WordPress stats page for my blog this afternoon–and then I saw that you linked to it in your post! Merci mille fois! A friend sent me the link to your blog while I was studying abroad last semester in Paris and I’ve been reading it every day since then. (In fact, your blog inspired me to start my own!) 🙂

  • citygal
    July 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Yum…this looks delish and I will have to make ASAP! Love your blog…will be adding it to my reader 🙂

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real)
    July 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    watermelon is a food group for me right now…an actual food group.

    that pasta salad looks bomb-digity!

  • Rachael
    July 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Loving watermelon too right now – makes for a great road food while I’m on tour. Blended some up with blackberries, sage and vodka the other night for a little cocktail action with friends in New Hampshire, and I’m pretty sure the combo is my new favorite drink. I think I’m gonna try to grow some next season to have a backyard fix )

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    July 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    That’s my kind of lunch, looks yummy. I wanna make that.

  • Jess.
    July 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I just so happened to have everything I needed for that pasta salad in the house so I made it (I had to substitute plain Athenos feta) and it was deeeeelicious and easy! This is stuff I usually have in my house so I am excited to have this recipe on hand– especially because it only serves one. Thank you!

  • Rachel Cotterill
    July 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I’m just stuck on the lemon, garlic & oregano feta. That alone makes my mouth water!

  • Chelsey
    July 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    that pasta looks absolutely amazing!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    July 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Once I start munching on watermelon, I absolutely. can. not. stop. It’s addicting!

  • amanda
    July 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    All this talk of watermelon makes me want some ASAP!! LoL Actually I have been enjoying peaches, pineapples, and strawberries lately.

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    July 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Mediterranean flavors are the best. I can’t wait to try this with my vegan tofu feta recipe!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    July 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Mm I made a mediterranean pasta salad recently. SO good!

  • Pure2Raw Twins
    July 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    pasta salad looks great! I have been eating watermelon like crazy too, just love watermelon season 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    July 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Mmmm watermelon. I could use some of that now.

    Something refreshing would be nice.

  • Exercise and Eat
    July 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Summer watermelon = addictive!!!

  • Laura (Starloz)
    July 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    great pasta salad, yummo!

  • Danielle
    July 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I would live off of watermelon if it were nutritiously possible.

  • marie
    July 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    i think i am going to make that…it looks really good/easy and YOU MADE IT FOR ONE PERSON!!! i really appreciate that because i am tired of eating the same thing for a week and a half because a recipe serves 8 or 10 or something. even though my method is pretty economical, cook once, eat, repeat…

  • Melinda
    July 20, 2010 at 3:47 am

    That pasta salad looks amazing! (And I’m sure it tastes better!) I usually make a similar salad albeit quite a bit less healthy (I use mayonnaise and regular pasta.) Next time I’m going to make pasta I’ll be using this recipe though.

  • Rosey Rebecca
    July 20, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Please. I eat watermelon like it’s my job. Your pasta salad looks so darn tasty!

  • OK Chick
    July 20, 2010 at 5:18 am

    This looks great. I might make it for dinner sometime this week. It appears to be a quick fix and I have all the ingredients.

    Also, my dream job is to hand out money to nonprofits or working at Sonic Headquarters.

  • Sarah
    July 20, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Yum…that pasta salad looks like the perfect summer lunch!

  • Haley
    July 20, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Hey Jenna,
    You should do a wine post. Do you have any favorite wines that go with certain dishes? What are your go-to reds and whites? Any recommendations to someone on a budget?

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    July 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I love this combo and make it all the time. So fun with the salty of the feta and olives and sweet of the tomatoes.

  • Rebecca
    July 20, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I vaguely remember when you moved to California, mentioning that you were shipping your car full of your stuff. I am moving home from school and haven’t been able to find a place that will let me keep anything in the car while it is being shipped. Would you mind giving me the name of the shipping company? I would really appreciate it!! Love the blog!

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    July 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for the reminder, I have to slice that watermelon tonight!

  • Sophia Schmahl
    August 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I really like your blog, I am going to link back to it from my blogs if it is OK with you.

  • Rachael
    September 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    thank you for this simple & delicious recipe… I make it ALL.THE.TIME! I love it! 🙂

  • Karen
    August 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Thank you for this lovely recipe. I hope I have made enough to serve four. The dressing is so good. I added a little basil, oregano and parsley from the garden, and I can’t wait to serve it. (If I can keep my mitts off until dinner time.)

  • Karen
    August 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    This is so good that I have had to make a second batch and friends from the neighborhood have been coming by to get some!