I am so excited. We have a new store here in Fort Wayne, and it's a great addition to our community. Foodies are gathering at the doors and shoppers are crowding the aisles. That's right folks, in case you haven't heard, Earth Fare has come to our city; and I am honored to be blogging for them too!
That's right, once per month you're going to see a recipe of mine that I purchased all of the ingredients for at Earth Fare. But before I get to the yummy dish, let me tell you a little more about this new grocery store, or at least new to us.
Earth Fare's mission is to connect communities and improve lives through food. Their vision is to be the most trusted organic and natural food market in the country. To be a place where healthy decisions are easy, shoppers can have confidence in the food they buy, and patrons always feel welcome.
And I can tell you from personal experience they excel at all of this! The first time you walk through the doors, you are greeted by friendly employees, beautiful food and an easy to maneuver store.
Plus, what really sets Earth Fare apart from other stores is what their products do not contain. No products contain high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors/sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones in fresh meat and dairy. Basically you can shop without having to read the labels, because they already have and you can trust you are getting the absolute best there is.
For my first recipe I had Memorial Day and summer picnic season on the brain. And for us, neither of those are complete without a great pasta salad. But the fantastic thing about this version is that it's full of so many yummy things, it also makes a great lunch, or even light summer time supper. When the temps are so high, cooking is out of the question and you're practically melting, this is filling without being heavy.
If you want to learn more about Earth Fare, or maybe see if you have one close to you, be sure to check them out online. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Antipasto Pasta Salad
1 lb. short cut pasta
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 (2.2 oz) can sliced black olives, drained
3 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
3 string cheese, chopped
1/4 lb. Genoa salami, chopped
3/4 c. creamy Italian dressing
1/2 TBS dried parsley
1/2 TBS Italian seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse well with cold water. Drain well. In a large bowl combine cooled pasta, peppers, olives, tomatoes, cheese, salami, and seasonings. Stir to combine. Pour dressing over top. Stir again. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card to purchase ingredients from Earth Fare. All thoughts opinions and the recipe are my own.