Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe + dressing – super simple, quick – and vegan friendly!

Looks like this weekend is going to be a sizzler! And you know what that means? Yep, dining al fresco.

We love eating outdoors, because everything tastes better with sunshine, warm breezes and flowers.

Here’s a healthy, summer pasta salad recipe that is quick to prepare. So, whether you are vegan or just looking for a light and healthy dish the whole family will love, this is sure to please.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

You’ll need:

Pasta salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

  • Radicchio leaves
  • Red onions – thinly sliced
  • Pasta – 40g per person (according to your dietary needs)
  • Black olives – whole, de-seeded
  • Lettuce leaves – torn
  • Sweet peppers – fresh, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes – whole
  • Artichokes – marinated hearts, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mint leaves

*Serve with a Warm Mediterranean Salad Dressing (see below)

Method:

  1. Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain and allow to cool.
  2. Lay some of red and green lettuce leaves on, and around the edge of, your serving dish.
  3. In a bowl gently mix together the rest of the ingredients with the cooled pasta.
  4. Place mixture on top of prepared leaves.

Now for the dressing!

Warm Mediterranean Salad Dressing

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tbsp per serving
  • Garlic cloves – freshly crushed, to taste
  • Oregano leaves – freshly chopped, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon – freshly squeezed
  • Sea Salt (optional)
  • Black Pepper – freshly ground, to taste

Method

  1. Gentle warm the oil in a small saucepan
  2. Add crushed garlic and oregano
  3. Leave to infuse the oil
  4. Strain before serving (if preferred)
  5. Add the salt and pepper and lemon juice
  6. Store in a small glass jug and pour over salad

Enjoy!

 

 

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