Mediterranean pasta salad

Pasta salad: a fresh and tasty idea which should be made when the heat goes crazy and everyone’s dying of hunger, because when it’s hot nobody wants to sit in front of a steaming plate of pasta, but at the same time we must still eat. How do we solve this dilemma? The solution is this Mediterranean pasta salad, a simple dish that could be turned into a complete meal - especially if made in generous quantities. The flavours in this summery pasta salad are all typically Mediterranean: black olives, cherry tomatoes, capers, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil! A real treat for the eyes and the taste buds! Serve warm or, if you like, cold. It’s a pleasant and original way to bring summer to your dining table! And if you want to turn it into something even more rich and substantial, making it a proper meal, you can always add tuna fillet. It’s your choice!

Ingredients

  • pasta 250 grams
  • garlic 1 clove
  • black olives 20 grams
  • capers 5 grams
  • sundried tomatoes 10 grams
  • cherry tomatoes 200 grams
  • mozzarella cheese 1 gram
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • basil
Information
15 minutes Total time
10 minutes Active time
Serves 2 persons
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Preparation

Cut the tomatoes and the pitted olives into quarters, and capers into small pieces, and mix them in a bowl. Tear the basil into small pieces and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Cut the mozzarella into cubes and also mix with the remaining ingredients. Cool the pasta under cold running water after cooking and add to the sauce. Serve the pasta salad after leaving it to sit for an hour.

Tips
Prepare this hearty Mediterranean pasta salad and let it stand for as long as possible in the refrigerator: the aromas and flavours of the ingredients will be bursting out! Another tip: when you drain your pasta before adding the sauce, run it under cold water to stop it from cooking any further and then add a little extra virgin olive oil. It’s a perfect condiment for cold pasta because it prevents it from clogging up and getting all sticky!
Trivia
If you like garlic, don’t be afraid to use lots: it should be enjoyed in abundance. It is great for keeping your blood pressure low, controlling your cholesterol levels and is an antioxidant.

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