Vegan Brown Rice Taco Salad and Vegetarian Pasta Salad with Tomato, Cucumber and Basil

DSC_0007I threw together a couple of quick salads for my family before heading out to the farmers market to restock the refrigerator with locally grown produce.
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The magic of grabbing everything available, throwing it on the counter and seeing a meal.
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brown rice
vegan taco filling
peppers, onions, cilantro
lime
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
tomato

Combine all ingredients and mix to create a vegan brown rice taco salad.

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basil
tomato
garlic
cucumber
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
red wine vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
whole wheat pasta

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Boil the whole wheat pasta (if you don’t have left over pasta) while preparing the remaining ingredients. Chop the tomato and cucumber into bite size pieces, crush the garlic, chop the basil, add vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Then I found some more ingredients that would fit in nicely-

pecorino Romano cheese
pine nuts

Shred the cheese and add a handful of pine nuts.

Drain the cooked pasta and toss in with the salad ingredients to make a pasta salad with an essence of pest.

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