Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Whole-Wheat Pasta Caprese Salad

This is something I eat quite frequently, especially in the summer when my herb pots are flourishing. Whole wheat pasta takes some getting used to, but the nutritional benefits of eating it are worth giving it a shot.  I  usually buy Walmart brand pasta, it is actually pretty good and only $1 a box.  The thin spaghetti is my favorite.

Like always, I try and use whatever is in my kitchen.  Here's what I had:

  • Whole-wheat pasta - $1/box (I used 1/2 a box)
  • Fresh Garlic
  • A roma tomato - 1.99/lb
  • A small handful of organic spinach - $1/5 oz
  • Fresh mozzerella - $1/1 lb (I used 2 oz)
  • Grated Parmesan/Romano/Asiago mix - $2.50/7 oz (I used about 1/2 oz)
  • Balsamic Dressing - 8 oz bottle for free
How do I get my groceries for so cheap?  Go here to see how I shop.

I used only a fraction of the ingredients listed above, and I would estimate that it cost me about $1.40 for two full-sized portions. 


Cook pasta according to directions on box, strain and run cold water over it.  Put pasta into a bowl with chopped vegetables (I usually use carrots, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, garlic...  Whatever you have) and add oil and vinegar, lemon juice or your favorite salad dressing.  Add cheese (Again, whatever you have.  For lower calorie and fat options, use a hard cheese such as parmesan, romano or asiago.  The flavor is stronger so you won't need as much).  Toss together and serve.


  1. I have tried whole wheat pasta twice now and both times the boys in the house rebelled! : ) Not big fans of it here. I love how conscious you are of money. This blog is fantastic! So glad your friend sent me over tonight!

  2. Whole wheat anything takes some getting used to... Can't say I was really a fan of it the first time I ate it either. Thank you for your kind words and thanks for stopping by.
    The photos on your blog are beautiful, by the way.