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Homemade Salad – I Did Not Buy It In the Deli

Updated on June 8, 2015

Homemade Salad

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Making Salad
This looks similar to my salad but I use elbow pasta, and other ingredients listed,
This looks similar to my salad but I use elbow pasta, and other ingredients listed, | Source

Time to prepare and cook A:

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Mix with other half on table in about 2-5 min.

Section A: cooked in pot; Section B: on table

  • Cover the bottom of pot pasta, add small amt. of water to cover pot
  • about 1/2 tspn. frozen chopped spinach
  • sprinkle/cover the spinach parsley
  • 2 tblspn. tomato sauce, cover with parsley
  • cover the tomato sauce basil
  • about .7142--.8333 oz. canned tuna in water, chunk light
  • 1 tspn. wheat germ
  • 8 drops lime juice
  • sprinkle over lime juice garlic, sprinkle
  • sprinkle over lime juice paprika, sprinkle
  • sprinkle over lime juice onion powder, sprinkle
  • sprinkle over lime juice Roma/Parmesan cheese, sprinkle
  1. Section A: First I layer the bottom of the pot with pasta and add maybe 1-2 tblspns. water (so the pasta will not stick to the pot). Then I add ½-3/4 tblspn. spinach, and on top of that I sprinkle the parsley. Next comes 2 tblspns. of tomato sauce and then sprinkle that with basil.
  2. Section B: While ‘Section A:’ is cooking, at the table I prepare the other half (‘Section B:’) in a separate bowl. First I put in not too much tuna. Then I add 1 level tspn. of wheat germ (if you wish to add it). On top of the wheat germ I place about 8 drops of lime juice. Then I sprinkle garlic, paprika, onion powder, and last I sprinkle Roma/Parmesan cheese. Finally I mix this up as best as I can and set it aside until the one on the stove cooks.

Does not include wheat germ

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 415
Calories from Fat1161
% Daily Value *
Fat 129 g198%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 23 g46%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
Sodium 525 mg22%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Wheat Germ facts, if you include this

It has:

Calories - 50

Fat - 1.5 g

Saturated - 0

Unsaturated - 0

Cholesterol - 0

Sodium - 0

Potassium - 150

Carbohydrates - 7 g

Fiber - 2 g

Sugars 1 g

Protein - 2 g





Calories from fat

The pasta which I use had the most calories out of all other ingredients. If you compare and change the pasta that will most likely alter those figures. I have a low fat diet and I use that type of pasta to fit nicely into my pot, after trying several types at the moment I use mini farafalle.

For table meaning, see below -

Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice
 
 
Chicken of the Sea Tuna, chunk light in water
G, MSG
May switch to Albacore in pack - cans have mercury and Albacore is better than chunk light
Garlic, Paprika, Basil, Parsley (spices in general)
Publix, Simply Organic
 
Barilla Pasta
4 types pasta=G, another 5 types=GMO, V, D, MSG
 
Gia Russa Marinara Tomato Sauce
G, A, N
 
Gluten free=G, Lactose free=L, no Allergens=A, Natural=N, Vegan=V, Dairy free=D, no MSG=MSG, no GMO=GMO

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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Looks very good. I am starting to appreciate spinach in dishes and really like it. Tomato on pasta is always good. Thanks for sharing. ^+

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      The ingredients in the photo are different than mine. I looked for a camera to use but could not find one so I had to try to find one online which came close to mine.

      Thank you for reading it and for your votes and shares Jackie.

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I've never used spinach, totally different. I will try it. I love pasta anyway it's prepared. Thank's Kevin...

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You are welcome Ruby.

      I love spinach. When I grew up, I used to watch Popeye and ate it to grow strong. lol Actually I have always loved all of my veggies. I have other vegetables on the side besides the salad.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I love bow tie pasta too, and spinach with everything! Had it today on a turkey sandwich. LOL, I love that you have shared in a comment about watching Popeye as did it! Yes, it will make us "strong to the finish" ... hee hee

      Great recipe and thank you for sharing. Your own photos would be great too.

      Pinning to my Variety of Great Food Recipe Dishes Board

      Blessings always

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Hello Faith, I am grateful for your comments and jokes. lol I have tried many sizes and shapes of pasta and the mini bowtie fits the pot perfect!

      I am glad to share, I wish that I could have taken a photo of the real thing, but my cell does not even have a camera.

      I appreciate the pin. Have a great weekend.

      Kevin

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Haha ...I meant ..."as I did" ... loved watching Popeye.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      gave it a five star... :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I know. What did I say?

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Frank, I am glad that you liked it. :-)

      Kevin

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Very interesting way to incorporate spinach! Popeye would be proud.

      Voted up and useful.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Mary and I appreciate votes. I like your Popeye joke :-)

      Kevin

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Kevin,

      Yum. Yum. You take all of my favorites and turn them into something I will definitely be trying out. Definitely a V+. Kind of been under the weather, but I must be starting to feel a little better for after reading this, I feel like I might could eat a little something. Thanks for such a great recipe and idea. Can't wait to try it out.

      Best,

      Kim

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I hope that you are not too much under the weather Kim and that you bounce back quickly. As soon as you feel up to trying it, I think this should help you feel better.

      I thank you for reading and voting and I hope that you like it.

      Kevin

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      Aaron Burton 2 years ago from US

      That looks good!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      I have been experimenting quite a bit with different recipes lately and this one will be added to my collection. Great hub and voted up.

      Eddy.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It is good Aaron, I make it every day for lunch. Except occasionally when I am running late. lol Then I have part of it in a sandwich.

      I have the small amount of fish each day because it is good for our health.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank very much for liking it so much Eiddwen.

      Again, I am pleased with your vote.

      Your friend, Kevin

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Mmmm! This sounds yummy. I love pasta salads and I am amazed at how this is so much healthier with wheat germ added. Thanks for sharing your recipe and I will have to try this at some point. I wonder if quinoa could be substituted for the wheat germ? LOL!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I think It is good, I have it every day for lunch. You are welcome Suzette, I thank you for reading it! :-)

      From what you said I had thought of making up a batch of it to save (maybe in the freezer) and add to the salad, but I did not think of replacing the wheat germ. Hmm. Let me know.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds good. I could skip the wheat germ and use gluten free pasta.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Deb. The pasta which I use has different types of pastas including 4 gluten free. Where I purchase it (Publix), it is low priced and on sale often (buy 1/get 1). You can also buy it online. I add the wheat germ for myself. Thank you for reading this.

      Kevin

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Seems full of nourishment :) My mom used to make me eat spinach while watching Popeye the sailor man as it gives you strength. Strong to fight with my brothers :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It is full of nourishment. I ate my spinach, and other vegetables, for other reasons (I do not know why) and I grew up liking them. While I am making the salad I eat various other vegetables.

      Thank you for stopping by rdsparrowriter. :)

      Kevin

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sounds good. A nice variety of healthful and good ingredients. And I am a sucker for anything with pasts, cheese and spinach. :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That is exactly why I made it myself. I selected all of the ingredients because I wanted it to be healthy with no preservatives, etc. I make it fresh everyday. I like the wheat pasta myself. :-) Thank you for reading this.

      Kevin

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love this salad, looks easy and delicious, i try to make my own salad too

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It is easy Peachy. It is made in two parts, one cooks in the pot while I make the other part in the bowl at the table. I usually finish the table part first and have time to make other parts of my lunch while the pot cooks. When the pot is finished I take the bowl and empty the pot into it, mix them well, and it is done.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This sounds yummy and it has spinach, one of my favorite veggies in it! The only thing I would change (I can't make a recipe even the first time without messing with it to change it up somehow) is that I would add some chopped onions. I know garlic is already included but I love onions. I think they're my favorite veggie of all. Looks filling and healthful as well as yummy! Voted up!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Spinach is one of my favorites too C. E. but I have so many. You do not have to worry about changing it. I would have onions in it too - they are another of my favorites - but I wanted to avoid tears so I just add the onion powder. I thank you for your comment and vote. :-)

      Kevin

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      This sounds delicious. I am off of all dairy and have to find alternatives for that. I like to grow my own salad greens to add to my salads.

      Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I use Barilla pasta and they have several types (Veggies, Gluten free, Whole Grain, and others). I might grow my own if I had time so I buy frozen veggies. I am glad that it sounds delicious, it is to me. You are welcome for it. :-)

      Have a nice day.

      Kevin

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is a recipe that I know I will enjoy. Thanks for the step by step directions. I will be giving this a try very soon.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning...ps.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you for enjoying this Patricia and I thank you for your comments and for the angels. :-)

      Kevin

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I made the mistake of looking at this while I was hungry. Is the pasta cooked first or put in the put ucooked?

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Ooh, reading this while you are hungry. Well maybe it will taste better that way, lol.

      I have my noodles precooked. I never tried it with uncooked noodles except for a few when I ran short, they are soft but not the same. An entire potful may take longer for them to be 'Al dente'.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Catherine,

      Something is not working correctly, I have tried to edit my comment, only it is not working.

      It is normally cooked for 20 minutes when the noodles are precooked. Cooking the noodles just before may be basically 7-10 minutes, depending what brand you use. I then put the noodles in (as normal) and cook for only 10 minutes.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sounds tasty. I'll have to give it a try.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It is believe me. Especially with the spices that I add to it. The type of tomato sauce that you use would also add some flavor as would which salad dressing you pick.

      Have a nice evening. :-)

      Kevin

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      This looks yummy and the healthy ingredients as well make it nutritious! It does look like one of those delectable deli pastas. Voted up and pinned!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you a lot Suzanne. Before I purchased the ingredients I had done research for nutrition and it has always been delicious to me. You can always change ingredient(s)/spice(s) in it. I Thank you for the vote and the pin.

      Have a nice evening. :-)

      Kevin

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Your salad sounds so good. I like all of those ingredients and will have to refer back to it. Voted up and 5 stars.

      Blessings to you.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you a lot Rachel. I love this salad everyday and it is so easy for me to make that I had to post it. I greatly appreciate the votes and the comments.

      I hope that you have terrific night. :-)

      Kevin

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