woop woop, a healthy crowd pleaser for the weekend..

This is another easy pasta salad that is perfect for the heat.  Whenever I have a small gathering, this is a must make dish.  Everyone does it differently and I have my ways of making it as well.  You hold the liberty to add whatever veggies you like, don't need to follow everything I do here.  ;) Have a lovely weekend ahead.  

italian pasta salad

my little trick is just frying the garlic and sun-dried tomato to add fragrance and flavor to the oil.  

Servings: 4 persons

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

350g cherry tomatoes, halved

1-2 small shallots, finely chopped

1 garlic cloves

4 tbsp fresh pesto ( I made it with around 100g fresh basil)

4 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup olives

150g feta 

400g pasta, cooked according to the package label

1 lemon zest

1 handful toasted pine nuts

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a frying pan with olive oil, cook the chopped garlic with sun-dried tomatoes for about 2-3 minutes on low heat.  

2) Add the cooked pasta, cherry tomato, olive, shallot, pesto, feta, garlicky sun-dried tomato, toasted pine nuts and olive oil in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Season, garnish with lemon zest and serve.

italian pasta salad