Spring is here and summer is quickly approaching…Where does the time go? This isn’t a typical sweet post, but it’s surely one to remember. Now that school is officially over and I am working for the summer, I constantly struggle with preparing a lunch thats both delicious and nutritious.
If you know me, you know that pasta is my utmost favourite food ever! This quick and simple pasta salad recipe is always a hit in my family. Prepare a batch at the start of your work week, and eliminate your weekly lunch preparation struggles.
What I love most about pasta salad is that it’s so versatile! Personalize your own batch to match your family’s preferences. It’s guaranteed to hold a permanent spot at your family picnics/barbecues. Check out the recipe below 🙂
Here’s What You’ll Need:
– 500g pasta (white/whole wheat)
– 2/3 cups red onion chopped
– 3 campari tomatoes chopped
– 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
– 1 cup chopped bell peppers
-1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
– 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
– 2-3 tsp lemon juice
– 2 tsp freshly ground oregano
– pinch of salt and pepper
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1. Select the pasta of your choice and bring a large pot of water to boil. Thinly dice up the onions, tomatoes, olives, and peppers on a cutting board. Crumble the feta cheese in a small bowl. Pieces should be bite size.
2. Now its time to prepare the dressing. In a glass jar, combine the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper and olive oil. Shake well and set aside. Once the water has come to a boil, add in the pasta and boil according to package directions. Be sure not to over boil as an al dente noodle is more preferred.
3. Once the cooking time has elapsed, strain the pasta and pour it into a large bowl. Quickly drizzle with olive oil and mix to prevent sticking. Allow the pasta to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Once cooled, drop the prepared vegetables and feta into the bowl. Gently toss. Pour the dressing over the bowl and mix. Allow the pasta salad to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before eating. Enjoy! 🙂