Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Greek Pasta Salad


With summer upon us, it is time for salads. Here's a Mediterranean twist to a pasta salad...quickly assembled and very tasty.


Pasta Salad:

  • 3 cups / 8 ounces of sea shell pasta *
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (or shredded Parmesan)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • black olives (optional)
  1. In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain. Rinse under cold running water and drain well. Allow pasta to cool.
  2. Combine pesto and sour cream in small bowl.
  3. Place pasta in large salad bowl, together with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, cheese, pine nuts and olives.
  4. Add dressing and toss to coat.
  5. Four main dish servings.
* Use your preferred pasta...bow-ties or spirals work fine as well.



13 comments:

  1. Oh yummy! Just the thing to make for a picnic!

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  2. Love this salad! We fill it full of red/green peppers too...and if I'm lazy the Kraft Greek Dressing is fantastic.

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  3. my favorite pasta salad! mmmm..my mouth is watering!

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  4. This sounds yummy! One question-I have never used pine nuts, would you toast them before adding them to this salad?

    Thanks!

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  5. This looks really delicious!

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  6. Christy...Pine nuts are always better roasted, which can be done quickly in a skillet. Or...spread on a cookie sheet and toast for about 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F. They can also be purchased roasted and seasoned.

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  7. Ok, I confess, saw this recipe this morning, made it this afternoon ~ yes, I'm weak.

    All I can say is OHHHH MAAAAAN!

    This will be in my *Make Often* recipe box forever!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you:)

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  8. This is in the works for dinner tonight. Going to add some leftover chicken, steam some broccoli for the side vege and call it a meal.
    Thanks for all the inspiring recipes. I just found this blog last week and I'm so happy!

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  9. This looks delish! We love Greek salads and I would love to make this one! I would definitely love to try it though using our favorite pasta that is made from Kamut Wheat (an ancient organic grain) and it is always so good and healthy too! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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  10. Printing off now and fixing for our 4th of July gathering. Looks delish! Thank you.

    Donna

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  11. Oh that looks good. Pasta salad is one of my favs in the summer with a BBQ. I will try you recipe. Kathy

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