Monday, May 7, 2007

new recipe

took some pics but they didn't turn out. maybe i'll post them later anyways.
i love pasta salad, it's cool and refreshing, filling, doesn't require heating up...
but i rarely make it since i live alone and would have to eat way too many leftovers to ever enjoy it again.
however, i whipped this one up pretty fast, and was able to make a small enough batch that i already want to make more.
here's what i did:

slightly undercook one cup whole wheat macaroni
scoop out seeds and dice one cucumber
thinly slice 1/4 cup red onion
dice one tomato and squeeze to remove extra juice
roughly chop a handful of parsley
cube or crumble 1/2 cup of feta cheese
toss in as many kalamata olives as you'd like.

for the dressing, any vinaigrette would work, i used red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, mixed with a little salt and pepper. any bottled italian or balsamic vinaigrette would probably be good too.

i know this is all pretty basic but the two special things i added to this salad are:
homemade croutons, and
freshly grated parmesan on top.

the salad has a nice crunch, balanced flavor, and keeps for 2 or 3 days.
let me know what you think!

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