Sometimes I feel like… well I’m not sure what to call it. It often seems like the silliest things bring me the most joy. This morning, I made a wee bit of pasta… just one egg pasta. I had no idea what I wanted to make with it, just that the thought of pasta for dinner sounded wonderful.

While walking with friends the other day, salad was mentioned. I’ve pretty much stopped buying lettuce at the store because it seems like there is always a recall on it, but I couldn’t get the thought of a yummy salad out of my head, so I picked up three heads of romaine.

After making the pasta, I made my favorite salad. Romaine lettuce, shaved red onions, sliced salami, roasted red peppers, greek olives, and marinated artichoke hearts, tossed with a creamy vinaigrette, (and I will confess that I love Olive Garden’s salad dressing so much it’s what I use!) lots of fresh ground black pepper, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Paired with a slice of sourdough bread, it’s hard to beat. I swear my eyes rolled back in my head, it tasted so darn good! And while I was eating my salad for lunch, I decided Aglio e olio was what I was making with my pasta!

That’s really all it took, to bring a smile to my face and a warm, contented feeling. Dinner tonight will be fabulous made better with a glass of wine. And now, I’m off to get my walk in!

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Eileen Emerson

    It looks good. We love Olive Gardens Salad dressing too, if you ever come up with how to make it from your kitchen items, I’d love to know.

    1. tinksquared

      There’s several copycat recipes that come up with a google search. I might look at them and try one!

  2. Diane Obernesser

    Simple things. I’m convinced that that’s what truly makes up happy.

  3. Donna Rowe

    We like Olive Garden dressings as well! Looks so yummy!

    1. tinksquared

      It sure hit the spot. Now now I am ready for some pasta!

  4. montanaclarks

    I too love Olive Garden dressing and it’s the only bottled dressing I ever eat. Your pasta recipe is similar to one I have called “Pasta With Enraged Sauce.” No parsley so I will try your recipe and see which one I like best. I am still in Arkansas and looking for dinner ideas for my mom.

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