Ok, so sometimes, I have to blog about a recipe that's so simple, it's not even really a recipe. And I didn't even come up with this on my own. But it's such a summer staple at our house, so I just had to tell you-- go make some!! (Ahem, Fourth of July weekend is the perfect excuse.)
My pasta salad is only slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman's recipe. She uses zucchini, tomatoes and parsley and has way better pictures. But the olive oil and lemon juice base is the same. The simplicity is just so good.
One pound of farfalle pasta
Two tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Tri-color bell peppers (I use one half of each color)
A handful (or more if you like!) of cherry tomatoes
A small can of sliced black olives (or kalamata if you like the stronger taste)
Fresh basil (I use about 8-10 leaves, depending on the size)
Feta cheese (I like to use lots!)
First, cook your pasta. I like to use farfalle (bowtie), but any other fun, bite-size shape works too. I never really watch the clock on it, just sample it to tell when it's done.
Drain it, rinse with cool water, and set it aside to cool while you do the rest.
Chop up some veggies. I like to do tri-color bell peppers, black olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh basil. The fun part about these kinds of "recipes" is that you can get creative and toss in pretty much anything that sounds good and looks pretty. Shredded carrots or snap peas would be yummy too.
I use our julienne shredder on the skins of the cucumber to give them some fun shape. Just run the shredder along the skin of the cucumber, leaving a bit of green, then chop it up however you like. We bought our julienne shredder in a dinky little shop in Honolulu Chinatown, but you can get the same one here.
Once your veggies are chopped up, go ahead and pour some olive oil on your pasta (just enough to lightly coat , and squeeze the juice of one (fresh!) lemon on there. Add some salt and pepper for taste.
Throw in your veggies and mix it all up. Toss in a bunch of feta and mix that up (Remember, more feta is more betta.... that stuff is heavenly) . Then, stick it in the fridge-- for a few hours if you can. It's always way better the day after I make it.
So, what are your plans for the Fourth? We're hosting a party here, even though we are barely unpacked. Hopefully we can keep Silas awake long enough to catch some fireworks too!