Garden Market Pasta Salad with Smoked Trout {+ sponsored giveaway}

by Holly on August 2, 2013

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Well, we are now officially back from our summer vacation trip to my in-laws in the Far North of Idaho. I capitalize that because sometimes I think it should be it’s own unique and gorgeous little territory. They live about 20 miles south of Canada between beautiful mountains in a valley surrounded by their farm land. It’s dreamy.

It was the perfect setting and timing for me to participate in my dear friend Susan’s Virtual Picnic (of the blog Doughmesstic) as part of the Dreamfields 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration. Seriously, when you talk about Dreamfields… well, that’s where we were!

Farmland and forest as far as the eye can see, broken up by rivers, streams and lakes galore. I just snapped this picture for my Instagram while we were driving down the road. All that gorgeousness without even trying, you can only imagine how beautiful it is when we really go looking.

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I have so much to talk about the trip and can’t wait to share that with you, but for the sake of time, let’s put that on hold for a few days so I can tell you about this pasta salad and the giveaway.

As part of the #Pastapalooza I was given the theme of ‘Summer’s Bounty’ to design a pasta salad around using all the fresh seasonal produce available right now. It was so much fun to go to the local Farmer’s Market while I was visiting my in-laws (we went to the market in Sandpoint, Idaho). There was so much beautiful produce to choose from that this was a snap to make!

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I actually had a harder time narrowing down my choices because of all the summer bounty I was faced with. I finally narrowed things down according to color, complimentary flavors and availability. I ended up with sliced carrots, Sungold tomatoes, rainbow chard, sugar snap peas and fresh pea shoots. I picked up all of this produce at the farmer’s market between a couple of different stands, including from this lovely couple.

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I originally was going to do a pasta salad combined with heirloom tomatoes and watermelon in a citrus vinaigrette, but changed my mind because we went fishing the day before and had some trout we had smoked at the farm to use, so this version was created instead.

The boys get so excited to go fishing each summer at this beautiful lake near their grandparents farm. It’s one of our favorite days. Seriously, those are the colors there below – I didn’t edit that picture at all! And totally didn’t realize until just now that all the boys wore blue shirts that day either. šŸ™‚ After fishing they are so excited to eat what they caught!

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When we go visit my in-laws we are on the go, go, go all the time, so having this simple, fresh and satisfying salad that we didn’t have to worry about being chilled was the perfect lunchtime solution. Just so we’re honest here, not everyone is going to want smoked trout on their salad. That is why the individual containers were perfect. I just added bits of the fish to the individual portions and left it out of the others. You could easily add in some chunks of cold chicken or canned tuna and this would still be fantastic.

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Here is a tip for you as well. If you ask very nicely most grocery stores will sell you a few of their salad bar containers. I picked up a few of those brown cardboard containers to take with us for $.10 each. They are perfect for packing individual portions for each person. This salad was light on the dressing, but generally the stores have those little plastic containers with the tight fitting lids as well and may sell you those too.

The salad was equally delicious and satisfying without the smoked trout and made a lovely side dish with all those gorgeous vegetables.

In fact, that was how we ate the remaining salad the next day along side some grilled burgers. I loved the fresh crunch of the veggies and all that wonderful pasta. I always have an easier time eating my vegetables when there is pasta involved. The salad was lightly dressed with a simple and quick honey dijon vinaigrette with a little added spices from a blend I picked up at the the grocery store that had some mint, orange peel, garlic, salt and pepper, but you could use whatever your favorite spice blend is here or leave it out and just use a little salt and pepper too.

The next time I make this I plan on making a pesto out of all the beautiful Basil that’s available out there and using the herbs from the market, but that would have been easier done at home in my own kitchen. This one was just straight and simple to put together even away from home!

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As part of the Dreamfields 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration I’m happy to be able to announce that I get to give away an entire case of Dreamfields Pasta to one of my readers! I love their pasta and was happy to be able to participate. I first found out about Dreamfields last summer when I was visiting my in-laws because of their healthier, low-carb product. My MIL is diabetic and that’s something we always need to take into consideration, so this was like coming full circle from last year’s discovery of the brand. Be sure to enter the giveaway below! I know how expensive groceries are, so having a case of pasta on hand is no small prize. That’s pantry stocking at it’s best with infinite possibilities!

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Disclosure: I am being compensated for creating the recipe above and participating in the #Pastapalooza. My opinions are 100% my own, as always.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Helena August 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Dreamfields has fewer digestible carbs and about the same amount of fiber as whole wheat pasta! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Helena August 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

olives, baby spinach, brocolli all sound great to put in my pasta salad

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Katie August 3, 2013 at 6:50 am

I would put some spinach, chicken and mushrooms.

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Lara L August 4, 2013 at 5:29 am

Can’t believe how fresh this food looks. Really does look awesome. I love smoked trout and might try this! Great post.

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rachel August 7, 2013 at 7:02 am

You can buy it online! That’s cool. Like how it has so much fiber.

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Yvonne @ TriedandTasty August 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

That looks so FRESH! Thanks for sharing, I will be pinning!

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David August 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Dreamfields has same number of carbohydrates as traditional pasta, they have a process that nly allows the body to digest 5 grams.

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Blessie Nelson August 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I learned that dreamfields pasta is ideal for diabetics!

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Natasha August 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I didnt know that their pasta had few carbs!

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Blessie Nelson August 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

lots of olive oil and garlic!

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Natasha August 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I like to put cheese, tomatoes and basil on my pasta!

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Debra Lee August 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

A lot of fiber and fewer digestible carbs sounds great!

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melissa@IWasBornToCook August 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

right now, tomatoes and basil!

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Shawn T. August 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I love small chunks of Cabot sharp cheddar in my pasta salad. Gives it some zing!

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Sara S August 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

I didn’t know that dreamfields offered so many different varieties of pasta shapes.

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Sharon August 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I am so excited, my husband was able to eat the pasta without his blood sugar spiking.

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