I absolutely love traditional Greek salad. The combo of fresh tomatoes, crispy red onions, peppers, kalamata olives and creamy, soft fetai is something just perfect for a summer day.
But what if you want something a bit more solid than a bit of veggies and very light cheese? I once tried a variation of greek salad with pasta at a party and was absolutely delighted.
The pasta is really a great addition to the traditional Greek salad. It provides a great solid base without making the salad too bland – the olives and the feta will cover in the flavor department. The salad becomes all in all more hearty and savory and you won’t have to spend too much of the more expensive ingredients. This is especially relevant when you are cooking for a large crowd of people, say to take the dish with you to a party.
The making of this salad is pretty simple. Just a few tips. First, make sure you cook the pasta al dente as per instructions on the back of the pasta box. This is vital because when you dress the salad, the pasta will still absorb moisture from tomatoes, feta and the dressing. If it’s already overcooked, it might become mushy. You can add bell peppers to the mix if you want and use wine vinegar instead of the lemon juice.
Choosing a whole grain pasta will boost the good fiber quantity for this salad and make it even healthier.
Other than that, just follow the instructions below. I hope you enjoy this lovely salad!