It is going to be a diet month for me this coming Fall as I try to get back to a healthy weight. My last physical did not generate the results I wanted. And I knew the culprit was caving in in to the food cravings during the business travel I had been doing the past few months.

And so I have been diligently eating salads and protein dishes and successfully avoiding the carbs. I tried this for a whole week and I could already see a couple of pounds shed.

But like any other diet there there is always a ‘cheat’ day. I need this so I will not go totally insane.

And thus, on said ‘cheat day’ I decided to combine all my leftover salad ingredients (a.k.a. LSI) into a healthy and hearty pasta sauce!

Here’s sharing that simple recipe which I was able to whip up in less than 15 minutes!

– All my leftover salad ingredients, comprised of heirloom tomatoes, button mushrooms, arugula, and mixed spring greens
– Olive Oil
– Diced Garlic
– 1 Cup of Whole Wheat Pasta

STEP ONE: Dice the tomatoes. The heirloom tomatoes I had been using in my salad were beginning to overripe. But this is actually perfect because the tomato juice would easily come.

STEP TWO: Saute the diced garlic in approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Olive Oil. The garlic should be golden/light brown in color.

STEP THREE: Add the heirloom tomatoes and let it sit for a few minutes under medium heat.

STEP FOUR: Add the button mushrooms.

STEP FIVE: Add the Parsley until the leaves have softened.

STEP SIX: Add the remaining salad ingredients. In my case I had a bag full of mixed Spring Greens.

STEP SEVEN: Voila! Your pasta sauce is done! If you have olives, capers, and other garnishes, you can add them. Do not add any spaghetti sauce or canned tomato sauce. The diced tomatoes and olive oil would bring out all the natural and delicious flavor of this sauce.

Serve with not more than a cup of whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Place the sauce on top of the noodles and layer on thick. Enjoy!

What are some of your leftover salad ingredients that you can use to create your own LSI pasta? Do share!

36 Responses to Leftover Salad Ingredients Pasta

  1. robin rue says:

    That is an awesome idea. We don’t eat a ton of salads in our house, but when we do, we ALWAYS have stuff left over. Awesome way to use them up.

    • Stylish+Geek says:

      You’re so right! We have tons of leftover salad ingredients all the time. This was a really good way to make sure no food is left wasted…and get a yummy treat too!

  2. Cassie Liz says:

    This has actually come at the perfect time – I have a bunch of cherry tomatoes that are going to go bad soon and I wanted to know what to do with them – leftover salad ingredients pasta it is!

  3. Love it! It’s a win-win! You get to have delicious pasta and use extra ingredients that may have otherwise gone to waste.

  4. terristeffes says:

    I say, never let a day go by where you are not creative. You were definitely creative with the way you made this dish. How lovely, with ingredients around the home. Love it.

  5. Marcie says:

    This sounds like a great way to cut down food costs, too! We don’t always eat our leftovers. I never thought to make pasta sauce of them!

  6. I love the idea! It’s good use of leftovers especially since I hate wasting food. I’m definitely going to consider making this recipe the next time! Thanks!

  7. cvnxena says:

    I love this, I hate wasting food and have a tendency to make juice or smoothies with leftover fruit and veg so this is a cool idea!

  8. Such a smart idea. I hate it when I have leftover salad items and I don’t feel like a salad. Adding them to pasta is great way of not letting anything go to waste.

  9. Mei says:

    I am literally drooling right now. This really look good and healthy. I am so looking forward to try this. Thank you

  10. What a great idea! It’s healthy, less waste, and looks delicious, too! I’ll definitely have to try this next time!

  11. Such a great idea. I love all the different flavors you used.

  12. leslie says:

    What a great idea! I love recipes that “clean out the fridge” It helps reduce waste 🙂

  13. This looks so great! I actually have all the ingredients to make this tonight. I definitely should because I don’t have plans for dinner after a very long busy week.

  14. I have so many tomatoes to use up right now so I am glad I came across your recipe. I bet I could get my whole family to eat this for dinner with zero complaints.

  15. Kelly Reci says:

    I want this on the menu this morning. I will try this yummy looking recipes. I love tomatoes.

  16. Dogvills says:

    What a great idea. I also recycle left over ingredients and this pasta is going to be a hit in my family. I can make this even if we don’t have left over salad ingredients. Looks really yummy! Adding this to our menu plan and we’ll have this for our Pizza/Pasta Friday!

  17. I love using leftovers to create meals the next day! Since we make a lot of Mexican, we do Mexican pasta bakes.

  18. morgancunnin says:

    This is such a yummy and great idea, we always have left over salad items that I end up tossing out.

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