Salad Fest 2013: That’s a Wrap

Whoa.  3 weeks of non-stop salads have us feeling svelte and satisfied.

We  couldn’t be more excited about all of the amazing participation over the past few weeks.  It’s been amazing to see recipes from our foodie friends and to see what’s cooking in the kitchens of people like indie rock icon Sarah Lewitinn, eFlirt Expert Laurie Davis, and fashion writer Faran Krentcil.

We did our best to get a variety of salads from Sweet to Savory to Slaw… We traveled the globe giving you something from Japan and something from Italy

We hope Salad Fest 2013 rocked your kitchen as much as it did ours.

saladfest3Here’s the rundown of all the recipes that were featured in Salad Fest 2013.  

Feel free to let us know which ones were your favorite OR keep the Salad Fest fun alive and keep tweeting, facebook’ing and instagram’ing your favorite salads using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Fresh Herb Salad

Amie Valpone of Healthy Apple’s Sesame Brown Rice Salad

Jamie Mendel of Studio Eats’ Massaged Kale Salad

Arielle Fierman of Be Well with Arielle’s Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing

Robyn Youkilis of Your Healthiest You’s Detox Quinoa Salad

Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn’s Colorful Pasta Salad

Sarah Kagan of Beyond the Batter’s Kohlrabi, Carrot and Apple Slaw

Laurie Davis, eFlirt Expert’s Date Night Salad

Quinn Asteak aka Health Coach Quinn’s Peachy White Bean Salad

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Carrot & Cabbage Slaw

Jaime K of Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad

Holli Thompson of Nutritional Style’s Quinoa and Bean Salad with Mango

My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce

Faran Krentcil’s Watermelon Mozzarella Salad

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Italian Tuna + Bean Salad

Health Ninja’s Tempeh & Grilled Peach Salad with Blackberry Cilantro Pesto

Katie Dalebout of Wellness Wonderland’s {Sweet Salty Spicy, Simple} Breakfast Salad

Bon Appetit, Campers!

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Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn’s Colorful Pasta Salad #SaladFest2013

Pretty to look at and tangy on the tastebuds, one of my favorite things to make is this4668023786_bdfe841a7f_z Colorful Balsamic Pasta Salad. It’s always a hit at potlucks and in my apartment with my friends and roommates.

Besides being super easy to make, it’s a nice change from the typical mayo-heavy pasta salad that everyone’s used to.

Confession: When I was in high school I worked at a specialty foods shop called Chez Cheeze.

Apart from being knowledgeable about all the cheeses available, I also had to make fresh sandwiches to order. One of the biggest perks, however, was getting to take home all the food that was no-longer deemed totally fresh.

Every week I’d eye the balsamic pasta salad, hoping that people wouldn’t buy it so I’d be able to take it home on Saturday evening. And with that, I figured out the easy recipe and started making it myself.

By the way, a year of working at a cheese shop helped me gain … 15 lbs. Ugh.

sarah lewittin pasta salad

Colorful Balsamic Pasta Salad
Servings: 4-5
Time: 30 min

  • 1/2 pound of rotini pasta
  • 4 large bell peppers of various colors (to keep things… colorful)
  • 1 cup of sun dried tomatoes
  • 10 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Add a teaspoon of salt to a medium sized sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Add 1/2 pound of rotini pasta and cook until al dente (be cautious not to cook beyond al dente).

Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water until no longer warm.

Chop peppers, sun dried tomatoes, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese into 1/2 inch pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.

Add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to mixing bowl and toss the veggies and cheese until they’ve all become immersed in the mixture.

Add pasta to the mixing bowl and toss until pasta is coated. Add more balsamic vinegar and EVOO to taste.

The pasta salad can be eaten immediately. Put any remaining salad in tupperware and place in fridge.


Sarah Lewitinn, also known as Ultragrrrl, is the Music Director for Aritzia. She spent all of her 20s being a DJ, writer, magazine editor, TV personality, record label exec, short person, entrepreneur, and professional make-out queen. She is now somewhat more selective with whom she kisses and likes tall men. 

Follow her every thought on twitter at @ultragrrrl

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