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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Garden Veggie Pasta Salad

The weather has been very warm and sunny lately, which has been perfect for our vegetable garden. We have had Spinach, Chard, Snap Peas, Green Onions, and Herbs galore! The problem with these hot temps is that as the mercury rises, my inclination to cook wanes. The solution, an easy cold pasta salad, that's tasty and filled with garden veggies.
Here's my recipe:

Garden Veggie Pasta Salad

Garden Veggie Pasta Salad
Emily (Cooking for Kishore)


  • 2 Cups Dried Orecchiette
  • 3 Green Onions, choppped
  • 1 Cup Swiss Chard or Spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Snap Peas, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 Large Carrot, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 2 oz Feta, crumbled


  1. Cook the dried pasta the suggested amount. At the end of cooking time, use the same water to quickly blanch the Swiss Chard/Spinach and the Snap Peas.
  2. Drain the water from the pasta and veggies, and put in a bowl. Add the basil, garlic, green onion, carrot, pine nuts, dressing, black pepper and mix well.
  3. After it has cooled a bit add the crumbled feta.
Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 15 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.
Tags: garden veggie pasta salad, pasta salad, salad, green veggie salad, eat your greens,  vegetarian, vegetarian recipe 


I have entered this post to  Eat Your Greens Challenge, hosted by A2K - A Seasonal Veg Table and The Veg Hog.


  1. Thank you so so much for joining in with #EatYourGreens this month Emily. This is a delightful pasta salad making the most of garden veggies. It really is warm in the UK right now and I can imagine eating this out in the garden. Hope your well. The round up will be up on the 1st July.

  2. This is a lovely summer dish. I hope you are enjoying the hot weather. Thank you so much for taking part in Eat Your Greens in June!


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