One of my favourite things about being a “grown-up” is cooking and baking. As a little girl, I got to help, but the menu was mostly decided by Mom, and there were healthy staples that were almost always to be found on our table – usually meat was grilled, and paired with a fresh garden salad, especially when it was warm outside. There were other delicious menus as well, but that’s the one I remember most often. Once I was out on my own, I grew to love pre-planning menus, gathering ingredients, and trying out new recipes. One dish that I definitely did not grow up with but love is pasta salad. I find it delicious, flavourful, and filling, so I’m sure there will be a good amount of pasta salads on here, as well as pasta dishes in general. Here’s a really easy one that’s packed with flavour, and perfect for a summer evening.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad (original recipe found here)
Makes 12 servings (likely as a side, maybe 6-8 as a main)
- 4 cups rotini pasta, uncooked (I just used an entire 375g box)
- 1 can (540mL) diced tomatoes, drained
- ¾ cup light mayonnaise
- 1 cup sliced black olives
- 1 cup sliced pepperoni
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to instructions.
- Mix tomatoes with mayo, fold into the pasta.
- Add olives, pepperoni, zucchini, and parmesan cheese, toss lightly to mix.
- Set in fridge to chill.
- Sprinkle on a bit more parmesan right before serving.
Yum! You could also add chicken if you like, and I’m sure it would be delicious! I served it as a side for hubby, and had some as a main for myself. I love that it’s easy, and makes a nice big batch, perfect for a crowd, or to pack as a lunch! I cut up the pepperoni and zucchini into thin slices, and then quartered the slices for a more bite-sized effect.
I’ll admit, I was a bit trepidatious when I made it, since there were lots of olives, which I know some people love and some hate. I loooove olives, but Nick is more neutral towards him. However, once I presented the salad, I had two small helpings, and Nick had three – so I’d say this recipe is definitely hubby-approved. And as always, I asked it this was a recipe to repeat, which was met with a response somewhere between “yes” and “mmmm”, so happy dance for that!
Let me know if you’ve tried any new recipes lately that you’ve liked 🙂