Pasta Salad Remix

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As the days get hotter and hotter, I tend to crave salads more and more.  Refreshing and packed with veggies – what more could you ask for?  Actually, you COULD ask for a salad that actually fills you up and satisfied your mind and belly. 


Presenting:  Pasta Salad Remix.  It’s a salad and pasta combined.  Served cold, not hot!  (Edited to add:  Just read Carrots N Cake and saw she had the same lunch – coincidence!)


In the mix:


  • Three cheese whole wheat tortellini, cooked and then chilled
  • Arugula
  • Roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and Brussel sprouts, chilled
  • Athenos tomato and basil feta
  • Balsamic vinegar



LOVED this lunch!  The combination was great, and eating the veggies + pasta cold seems to really bring out their delicious, simple flavors.


It was a pretty big portion, too, because the Husband and I have been burning major calories detailing Civic so we can sell it.   We decided in June to become a one-car family, and while I’m still adjusting to the idea, I think its the best move (environmentally and economically!).  In the end, we decided to sell my 2002 Civic coupe even though we outright own it because the Pacifica fits our current/future lifestyle better. 


If anyone in the Charlotte area or the surrounding counties is interested in a freshly detailed 2002 Civic with a sunroof and new battery, let me know! ;)  CivicHTP is for sale!


Had to take off my marathon sticker… I was sad.  I need to convince the Hus to put a new one on our car, but he’s not really into bumper stickers.  Boo.


Discovered a 13.1 sticker underneath!  I forgot all about it.  🙂


Back to car detailing I go! 



  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 29, 2010, 2:49 pm

    i will cry when i have to get rid of my corolla! sad day 🙁 but the pasta remix would probably help the sting a little bit 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 29, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Looove that lunch – cold salads are the best, espec cold sweet potato 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite July 29, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Lovely looking lunch! Its always hard to get rid of a car you outright own….

    Best of luck finding a buyer 🙂

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 29, 2010, 2:52 pm

    i’ve been thinking about buying a car for a while now..but how CREEPY would it be if i was to buy your old one? hahaha 😀

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 2:54 pm

      That would be epic, actually. Let me know if you are interested.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 29, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Cold pastas/salads are the way to go in the summertime! I want a 26.2 sticker so bad. Maybe after I run my 2nd marathon. 🙂

    I hope you find a buyer soon!

  • Corinne July 29, 2010, 2:54 pm

    This salad looks yum. I am always looking for new salad recipes, especially in the summer…Phew!!

  • Brittney July 29, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Haha, I had the same lunch (pasta salad on regular salad) yesterday! Good stuff 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 29, 2010, 3:02 pm

    We’re a one-car family too. It’s sad, but we sold the totally paid-off one, too. It’s such a good idea if you can do it, though, because you save a boatload.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 29, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Love to eat leftover pasta cold as well … never tried it on a bed of lettuce though .. Usually it’s on roasted veggies or steamed brocc.

    Interesting idea!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 29, 2010, 3:05 pm

    With the abundance of fresh local veggies available, who wouldn’t want to eat raw all summer long?

  • Sarah for Real July 29, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Congrats on becoming a one car household! I’d love to do that someday but it doesn’t fit with our current lifestyle.

    Hope your car sells quick!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 29, 2010, 3:09 pm

    I put just about everything on a salad. I actually needed to cut back on that because it became such a habit. Not a bad one, but I go through some lettuce! Good luck with the car!

  • Jess July 29, 2010, 3:12 pm

    We just bought a new car last weekend…so right now we’re a three car family. Yikes! I think we’re going to sell my very loved 1997 Accord..194k miles on it. It got kicked to the curb when we drove up in our new Escape Hybrid. It looks very sad out there. Wish we could be a one car family but we both commute to work in different cities.

  • Rachel July 29, 2010, 3:15 pm

    MMmm what a tasty looking lunch. I’m making the pasta salad Pioneer Woman had up on her site this week for my birthday party on Saturday.

  • Little Bookworm July 29, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Great lunch recipe! 🙂

  • Kacy July 29, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I just read CNC’s blog and it’s so funny you guys had the same lunch. Great minds think alike 🙂 Looks delicious in both instances!

  • ashleigh July 29, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I’m sure you can convince him to add the 26.2 to his car. It’s a very special sticker, and one wont hurt 🙂

  • Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews July 29, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Haha wow I had the same lunch too!!! Except my pasta had pasta sauce and ricotta in it!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 29, 2010, 3:29 pm

    those stickers are AWESOME. Love how you covered one up with the other. 🙂 Maybe you can put it elsewhere where it can be seen? That’d be nice.

  • Carrie H July 29, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I’m not really a sticker person either, but those totally tempt me, ha ha.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with your post, but I thought I’d share anyway … I got to see GAGA LAST NIGHT IN DENVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was awesome. I’m still all happy and in a good mood from the concert today! (But I am also very tired. I live 2.5 hours from Denver and didn’t get back home till 2 a.m., and am now at work! But I’m reading your blog, not actually working, oops. Ha.)

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:42 am

      Yay Gaga!!! I’m glad it was epic!

  • Susan @ Journey for Health July 29, 2010, 3:31 pm

    I love that there was a 13.1 sticker underneath the 26.2. It shows your progression, lol. Good luck with having one car. I have done it and it can work if you want it to. It just depends on schedules. I’m pretty sure you guys can make it work 🙂

  • AngelaOSG July 29, 2010, 3:32 pm

    haha I didn’t know they had 13.1 stickers! Too funny you have both on your car.

  • Ashley July 29, 2010, 3:36 pm

    That salad looks awesome! Good Luck selling the car!

    PS I also gave the book a shoutout on my blog today after my tweet! I wish I could get to NYC next week but Im heading to Florida. Hugs from Boston. Good Luck on the Today Show!

    Check it out

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:43 am

      Thank you SOOO much!!!

  • Tracy July 29, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I’m with your hus regarding bumper stickers.

    Honey, you are a published author, you don’t need validation through a bumper sticker 😉

  • MSWR July 29, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I was given the following tip many years ago to make bumper stickers less permanent, and I’ve loved it ever since! Craft stores (around here in Texas, we have Michael’s and Hobby Lobby) sell magnetic sheets by the roll. It’s thin, flexible magnet “paper” that you can cut to size. Just cut a magnet to fit your bumper sticker, place sticker on magnet, and voila! Totally temporary bumper sticker! You could even put it on the car when you drive and take it off when the hus drives! (You’d have to put it on the trunk of the car, of course, since bumpers aren’t usually metal these days.)

    The magnetic sheet that I have is sticky on one side, so you can make magnetic notepads, laminated cards, and other things for use around the house. It’s very useful stuff!

    Great lunch idea, BTW!

    • Amy July 29, 2010, 5:25 pm

      They also have 13.1 and 26.2 magnets, which should stick on your car as well. I don’t have a car, so my magnet is stuck on my fridge!

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:43 am

      That’s awesome! Thanks for the idea.

  • tia July 29, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Jeeze we have three vehicles, for only 2 people! One is strictly a summer car though, practicality isn’t our specialty, it’s so funny to cause both of us take the bus to work, 45 mins outta town! Least we are SORT of contributing to the enviroment lol don’t drive to work at all, like ever lol

  • Heather July 29, 2010, 4:29 pm

    haha too funny about the sticker! I just got a new car and was asked if I want to transfer or get a new 13.1 sticker and I said NO I will wait till january when I run my full and get a 26.2 sticker!

  • RhodeyGirl July 29, 2010, 4:38 pm

    I LOVE that there was a 13.1 sticker underneath the 26.2 one!!!!

  • Jaime Runs July 29, 2010, 4:40 pm

    That salad looks amazing. When I was in college I used to eat this tortellini Caesar salad that was so yummy — cold torts are always a great salad topper. …now I want a salad for dinner!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 29, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I bought the magnet for my fridge because I don’t own my car…it is a company car. But it reminds me to eat for fuel not junk.

    I love that you had the 13.1 underneath. I would have placed them side by side. They are both huge accomplishments for you.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 29, 2010, 4:52 pm

    You can’t go wrong with stuffed pasta and cheese on the same plate! I’m jealous you still have sunshine because I’ve had rain for the past 5 days!! Bring back summer!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 29, 2010, 5:26 pm

    oooh what a great way to use tortellini!!!

  • Jennifer July 29, 2010, 5:58 pm

    I got your book in the mail today! I cannot wait to read it. Thank you for this, you’ve provided little pep talks with this book. :o)

    • HTP Dad July 29, 2010, 8:23 pm

      who did you order from? Amazon still hasn’t shipped mine!

      • Jennifer July 29, 2010, 8:48 pm

        barnes and noble they sent it out last week, but took forever to get here.

        • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:43 am

          Thank you so much Jennifer!!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) July 29, 2010, 6:11 pm

    You and Tina are making me want some tortellini! 🙂 What brand was this one?

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 29, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Aw, it’s hard parting with a car. Kudos to you, though, for lightening your carbon footprint. Best of luck selling it!

    Your lunch salad looks really filling and refreshing. I love how cold tortellini tastes, I think I prefer it that way rather than hot.

  • Natalie July 29, 2010, 6:26 pm

    I’m not HUGE bumper sticker person but there are just some you gotta have : ) I think that’s one of them! Congrats on becoming a 1 car family–that is awesome!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous July 29, 2010, 6:50 pm

    Ohh tortellini on your salad is a good idea! Still not a brussel sprouts fan though—I’ve tried! Ain’t happenin’.

  • Rachael July 29, 2010, 7:17 pm

    Love that you’re a one car family!
    And i love bumper stickers – every time my car gets a bump or scratch, i get a new bumper sticker. At the rate I’m going, it’ll be covered in a year.

  • Amanda July 29, 2010, 7:24 pm

    My 13.1 bumber “sticker” is actually a magnet! I could never find an actual sticker.

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 29, 2010, 7:36 pm

    I”m totally getting a 13.1 sticker when we run our half 🙂

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! July 29, 2010, 7:43 pm

    I had a very similar dinne a few nights ago! Perfect (easy) summer food!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal July 29, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I wish I *were* into bumper stickers just so I could get a 13.1 sticker! haha But I’m not a big fan either 🙁

  • HTP Dad July 29, 2010, 8:07 pm

    You can totally cut your use of the Pacifica – get a bike like this for errands like shopping or whatever.

    • Caitlin July 30, 2010, 8:44 am

      Cool! I need a city-friendly bike.

  • Michelle July 29, 2010, 8:12 pm

    That’s great that you can go down to one car! I wish we could do that, especially since we are paying two car payments. One day!

  • Jen July 29, 2010, 8:13 pm

    I heart pasta salad and veggies. It’s my favorite summer meal. Tortellini w/ veg and balsamic vin is what I had for dinner tonight actually.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner July 29, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Love fun salads in the summer!

  • Stacey@ July 29, 2010, 8:37 pm

    Aren’t bloggers all the same in our habits. 🙂

  • Wei-Wei July 29, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Hahahah I love that 13.1 sticker underneath! Is that for a half marathon?


    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 11:29 pm


  • Laura (Starloz) July 29, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Oh boy, a pasta salad sounds delicious. yeah for cold pasta!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin July 29, 2010, 10:05 pm

    We’ve been contemplating becoming a one-car family, too! But it’s so hard to let go of a perfectly good, already-paid for car! I know it would make life easier and cheaper in some ways, though, so we’re going to keep thinking about it! Good luck selling yours! 😀

  • July 29, 2010, 11:07 pm

    i love love love that vanilla rice protein. i cant wait til my plain one is all used up so i can get the vanilla again <3

    H20Melon <3 mmm ive been enjoying my fair share. it hasent been really hot but its been SO HUMID which makes it feel hotter than the hubs of hell lol

    xoxo <3

  • Melissa July 30, 2010, 9:36 am

    Buy a 26.2 magnet. I got my magnet (runner girl) from One More Mile.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef July 30, 2010, 10:20 am

    we’re a one car family right now and while there are times i hate it (feeling stranded when my husband is at work, as well as a few awful bus rides i’ve had), it saves us a TON of money esp. because i can ride the bus for free as a grad student. so i ride the bus to class/my on-campus job, and sometimes drive and drop the husband off at work so i can run errands or what-not. at least in my town, i definitely would not want to have to grocery shop or run errands on the bus. but going to class/work that way is doable. you just have to plan! 🙂 good luck!

  • Kate July 30, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Awesome that you’re down to one car! It can be challenging sometimes, but it also forces you to do a little planning and communicating. 😉 I’ve come to realize that I will never be able to live somewhere that doesn’t allow me to walk to the major places I need to go…I have fully embraced the granny cart!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 30, 2010, 4:01 pm

    That looks like an amazing salad! Yum. =)

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