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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Super Simple Pasta Salad Recipe


Everyone needs a great pasta salad recipe in their repertoire.  This is my new fave.  I made it for a birthday shindig at my house a couple of weekends ago to complement a grill menu.  It was a favorite and so easy to throw together.  I adapted the recipe from a Food.com recipe.  Here's what I did.

Ingredients:

Salad
1 bag of orrechiette pasta (farfalle or other small, shell pasta would work too)
2 persian cucumbers, chopped
1 small container of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 14-oz can of black olives, sliced
1 handful of chives, chopped

Dressing
4 tablespoons of white vinegar
7 tablespoons of olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to package.
2. Drain pasta and toss in a bowl along with the other ingredients.
3. Combine ingredients for dressing in a small bowl and whisk.  Drizzle half into salad and stir to combine.
4. Taste for more dressing, salt, or pepper and add accordingly.

I chilled the salad for about an hour before serving, but because there is no mayo, it would be fine unrefrigerated - a great dish to bring on a picnic!  Enjoy!