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Cucumber and Rotini Pasta Salad

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The dog days of summer have little to do with an old hound dog lazing in the shade of a cypress tree, or a song by Florence + The Machine. The phase comes from Greek antiquity.

To the Ancients, the “dog days” occurred around the day in late July when the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major rises in the dawn just before the sun. In fact, Sirius is also known as the Dog Star and is the brightest star in the night sky.

And as we all know in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is at its hottest in late summer. Here’s a cool dish to serve as a side, or stand-alone vegetarian meal.

Ingredients:

1 cup dry whole grain rotini pasta

3 Tbsp key lime juice

2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp. agave nectar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 cucumber, peeled, chopped in 1/2” squares

1 cup roma tomato, diced

1/2 cup red onion, chopped

Photo by Capt. John Wampler

Cucumber and Rotini Pasta Salad. Photo by Capt. John Wampler

 

Cook pasta, drain and allow to cool.

Combine key lime juice, cilantro, sugar, salt and pepper in small bowl and mix well.

In a large bowl, combine pasta and vegetables. Toss gently with the lime dressing and serve chilled.

Variations: Want protein? Add some cooked northern beans. Spice it up with minced jalapeño.

So simple, yet oh so good. Enjoy.

Capt. John Wampler (www.yachtaide.com) has worked on yachts for more than 30 years. Comments are welcome at editorial@the-triton.com.

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