Pasta is a wonderful dish. Great for cooking on a limited budget. But, if you eat a lot of it, pasta can get old really quick. I’m always looking for ways to spice up pasta and keep it tasty. Here’s a fun, healthy little recipe I found.


1/2 Cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced

12 oz whole grain spaghetti

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1/3 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves, chopped

1/3 cup firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

1/4 cup chopped peanuts


Step 1: Whisk together the vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Add onion and let stand 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixture.

Step 2: Prepare pasta according to package directions

Step 3: Place chopped tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, mint, cilantro, lime juice, canola oil, sugar, salt, and crushed red pepper to a serving bowl. Add hot cooked pasta, onion and reserved vinegar mixture. Gently toss to combine and sprinkle with peanuts.

Yields 6 servings