Well here is a cold salad that can be prepared ahead of time (and should be) and is filling, and so good on these warm spring evenings.
Salmon Pasta Salad
8 oz dry angelhair or vermicelli pasta (I used spaghettini), broken in thirds.
1 sm zucchini or yellow squash, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1 (2 oz) can sliced black olives, drainged
1 (7 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained & coarsely chopped
3 Tbs chopped basil or cilantro
2 Tbs chopped parsley
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp celery seeds
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 lb salmon fillets, cooked, flaked, and chilled
spring greens (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and rn under cold water to cool quickly. Shake off excess liquid and place in a large bowl.
2. Add zucchini, celery, onion, olives, artichoke hearts, cilantro, parsley, garlic salt, celery seeds, pepper, and mayonnaise. Toss gently. Fold in salmon. Serve on a bed of spring greens, if using. Serves 6 (or, the two of us for dinner and lunch the next day!)
I'll also mention that my favorite greens these days is Fresh Herb Salad greens from Safeway (grocery store), and comes in one of those plastic containers in the packaged salad section of the produce dept. It has dill in it, that just adds a whole new dimension to salad!
Yes, it's true. That is a paper plate!