Avocado, Mint and Tomato Pasta Salad

I know I promised to do other recipes than pasta, but here’s another one!  I don’t really plan what recipes to blog.  They’re just meals we really eat.  And we eat quite a lot of pasta.  It’s quick and easy to make so we often eat it for lunch.  I always make a healthy sauce to go with it to make sure the kids get lots of goodness.  This sauce takes only a few minutes to blend up, so is another really easy sauce.

IMG_6422This sauce is made of avocado, lemon juice, garlic, mint and chopped tomatoes, and is completely raw so contains loads of nutrients.  Avocadoes are really delicious (though an acquired taste maybe) and have lots of healthy fat.  The lemon juice in this adds a nice flavour and stops the avocado from discolouring.  I put in the juice of half a lemon but it’s up to you how lemony you like it.  You can definitely change up the recipe by using lime juice, or different herbs like coriander, basil, dill or parsley.  I like it with mint as it’s really fresh tasting.

4 avocadoes sounds like loads, but this makes a lot of pasta!

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I mix the sauce with cold pasta so that it stays raw and fresh, and serve it at room temperature or chilled for a really nice summery meal.  This time I served it with my Chilli Kale Chips but it’s also nice with a fresh green salad.  It’s still a bit sunny here so we ate it outside in the garden.  The kids loved the pasta and afterwards ran around playing while I got to relax for a bit!

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Ingredients:

Serves 4-6 people

500g pasta

4 avocados

Juice of 1/4-1/2 a lemon

2 cloves of garlic, peeled

Small handful of fresh mint leaves

Sea salt (optional)

3 ripe tomatoes, diced

IMG_6447How it’s made:

Put the pasta on to cook according to package instructions.

Using a food processor or blender, blend the avocado flesh, lemon juice, garlic, mint and sea salt if using.  I found a hand blender/stick blender useful for this.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse it well with cold water.  This will cool it down too.

Mix the pasta, avocado sauce, and diced tomatoes in a large bowl.

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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