- July 2008 > Healthy Recipe
Thomas Jefferson-our 3rd President, imported produce from abroad, including squash from Italy and peppers from Mexico. In Jefferson's time, tomatoes were considered an exotic new fruit-one for which he had a particular fondness. He discovered pasta during his diplomatic tenure in France. Noodles were fashionable there at the time, and he sketched plans for a pasta machine during a foray to Northern Italy.
For a delicious and also highly nutritious summer dish, try the following recipe.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus and peas during the last minute of cooking. Drain; rinse under cold running water. Drain well; place in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Stir in red cherry tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, squash, and chives.
Combine remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, juice, salt, black pepper, and garlic in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour dressing over pasta mixture, and toss well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
6 servings (serving size: about 2 cups)
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