Sure! Here’s a simple recipe for pasta salad:
- 8 ounces (225g) pasta (rotini, penne, or bowtie)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, black olives, feta cheese, basil, and parsley.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
- Add the cooked and cooled pasta to the large bowl with the vegetables and cheese.
- Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables. Toss gently to combine, ensuring all ingredients are coated with the dressing.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Before serving, give the pasta salad a quick toss to redistribute the dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve the pasta salad chilled and enjoy!
You can customize this recipe by adding other ingredients such as grilled chicken, bell peppers, or sun-dried tomatoes. Feel free to experiment with different herbs and dressings as well. Enjoy your pasta salad!