Pasta is today, one of the most sought after food in most parts of the world. As per a global survey, it has topped the list of the world’s favourite foods – ahead of meat, rice and pizza. Why so – because it is affordable, versatile and convenient. Even the sauces are so convenient to make.
Everyone, in all age groups love Pasta.
Red Pasta in Red sauce, White Pasta in White sauce, Green Pasta in Pesto sauce….
But what about Pasta without any sauce?
Yes, Pasta salad, which is so amazing, without any baggage of calories which the sauce can bring.
Colorful, Beautiful to look at, Presentable, Healthy, Delicious, Quick to make, Easy, Ideal for Summers.
Pasta Salad is a no fuss salad.
Just boil Pasta, add veggies of your choice, some Vinaigrette and that’s it.
Vinaigrette lends mild tanginess to the otherwise bland pasta.
Pasta Salad is loaded with veggies.
It is one salad where you have more veggies than the main ingredient, that is , Pasta and still everybody loves it.
In a way, this is like a vegetable salad to which some Pasta has been added.
In fact, It is a very good way to feed veggies to your children.
You can also pack this in your little one’s lunch box.
It can be made exotic by adding veggies like bell peppers, Zucchini, Broccoli, Jalapenos, Olives etc.
The beauty of Italian cooking today is simplicity. Use the freshest seasonal ingredients available and then use basic c techniques to simply enhance the natural flavor of the food.
Add anything and everything to Boiled Pasta.
Let’s see how to make this beautiful salad…
I have added Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Baby Corns, Carrots.
You can add all these or any of these or any other like Olives, Jalapenos, Capsicum, Corns etc.
Also, I have cut long strips of the veggies to make them compatible with my Penne shaped Pasta.
Pasta comes in innumerable shapes – tubular, fan shape, spiral, noodle, sea shell, strip and so on. Some of the popular names are Penne, Spaghetti, Conchiglie and Orecchiette, Fusilli, Lasagna, etc. The compatibility of each is different with different kinds of food and it is with some level of experience of preparing pasta dishes, that you can choose the right shape or type for your pasta dish. Till then fall back on a recipe.
A pasta dish normally requires some kind of sauce to be added. These could be cream based or tomato based or vinaigrette.
With Salads, a spiral or fan or tubular shapes work well. The veggies can be chopped accordingly.
Preparation Time : 20-25 minutes
Cooking Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 4
1/2 Cup Pasta, any shape
1 Red Bell Pepper, medium sized
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, medium sized
1/4 Broccoli, medium sized
1 Cucumber,medium sized
1 Carrot, small
5-6 Baby Corns
2-3 Tbsp Olives
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Slivered Almonds (Optional)
3-4 Tbsp Vinaigrette*(See Below)
- Cook Pasta in a large pot of boiling water, to which salt has been added. Cook till tender. Drain in a colander and let it cool.
- While the pasta is boiling, chop all the veggies in to medium size bites.
- In a large bowl, put Pasta, all the chopped veggies and Vinaigrette.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Toss to combine.
- Cover with cling film and chill in refrigerator.
- At the time of serving sprinkle slivered almonds (optional).
- Serve with smile, bread optional.
- Tastes best when made at least 30 minutes before serving, as flavours of herbs are absorbed properly.
- Adjust the quantity of veggies as per your preference.
- Store bought Mixed Herbs gives very good flavour. In the absence of Mixed Herbs, you can use Oregano and Dried Parsley.
Use Macaroni in place of Pasta.
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Distilled White Vinegar
1 tsp Oregano/ Parsley/ Mixed Herbs
Just put all the three ingredients in a small bottle.
Shake shake shake…
And your Vinaigrette is ready to go into your Pasta salad.
Make sure to shake the bottle again before adding it into the salad.
This is because, when left for some time, oil and vinegar separates out again.
Alternatively, you can whisk oil,vinegar along with herbs in a bowl, incase the bottle is not available.
Buon Appetito !!!! (Happy eating)
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