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Paulina's Blog: Early Morning Salad

By Megan 13 Feb 2017

Today, I prepared a delicious and filling recipe. I call it early morning salad, because I like to quickly make it before going to lectures, and eat it during a break. It can also be prepared a day before, and left overnight in the fridge.

Makes one portion. Preparation is about 25 minutes.

What ingredients will you need?

  • 80g of penne pasta
  • 100g of broccoli
  • 100g of frozen peas
  • 1 shallot onion
  • 50g of ricotta cheese/cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of light balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 20g of parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon of pine nuts
  • black pepper
  • salt

And this is how the magic happens:

  • Start with cooking the pasta al dente with a pinch of salt, according to the instructions on the packaging. In the meantime, prepare the rest of ingredients.
  • Peel the shallot and finely chop it.
  • Split the broccoli into separate florets, and together with peas, add to boiling pasta water 5 minutes before it’s done. Drain it, and cool down.
  • Toast the pine nuts on a pan, medium heat, until golden brown.
  • Prepare the salad’s dressing. Mix together ricotta, olive oil, basil leaves, light balsamic vinegar, mustard, and honey, add salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Right before serving, mix the dressing with pasta and vegetables.
  • Decorate with parmesan, pine nuts, and a basil leaf.

Alternative Tips:

  • The salad is amazing with a side of a toasted bun, preferably with garlic.
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