Thursday 24 June 2010

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad-A colourful  and tasty salad that is healthy and nutricious.Lavishly made with olives, sundried tomatoes,mixed beans,diced cucumber  and all served on a bed of crunchy  baby cos lettuce leaves .


1 bowl cooked mixed beans of choice. (Mixture of any of these; kidney beans, chickpeas, flagelot beans,white kidney beans, cannelloli beans or blackeyed beans)
1 bowl cooked Farfalle pasta
Baby cos lettuce leaves -approx 12
2 tablespoons preserved sundried tomatoes in oil -chopped into small bite size pieces
3 inch piece cucumber diced
3 spring onions finely chopped or 1 medium red onion finely diced
12 green/black  olives pitted ( stones taken out)
1/2 bowl mixed red/green yellow peppers diced.
Parmesan cheese for garnish.(Optional)

For Dressing:

2 tablespoons oil from preserved sundried tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon  juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground  black pepper
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 green chilli finely minced


1. In a bowl add the mixed  beans, diced cucumber, chopped onion, diced peppers, sundried tomatoes , olives and  cooked pasta.
2. In a jar with a lid add all the ingredients for the dressing and shake to mix it all together.
3.Pour over the salad and toss to coat all the salad ingredients.
4. Line a serving bowl with the baby cos lettuce leaves and spoon the pasta salad on the top.
5. Chill for an hour before serving to allow flavour of dressing to infuse.
6. When ready to serve grate parmesan shaving over salad.
Serve  with fresh crusty bread.

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  1. Very nice, tasty and healthy salad. Wonderful presentation.

  2. very colourful and healthy salad..liked the dressing sure it wud have tasted delish..

  3. Very healthy and tasty at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

  4. wow.. looks great.. healthy salad..

  5. This looks so colorful and sounds healthy too. Nice clicks dear

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. thanks for sharing this healthy n colorful looks awesome ...

  7. colorful.. healthy.. tasty.. and perfect for this weather... love it!!

  8. Wow..Amazing salad with pasta. super helathy too..

    Kairali sisters

  9. surely a healthy one.. lovely colour combination..

  10. Healthy and colorful salad..superb presentation.

  11. I love the sundreid tomato, olive, pasta combo. Your preparation looks very delicious.

  12. hmmmmmmm ... yummy pasta... good presentation

  13. Looks delicious! Love the photos, nice composition. :)


  14. Nayna,

    Pasta salad looks really yummy and colorful.

  15. Indeed very healthy pasta salad...looks so cool!!

  16. OMG PASTA droollllllllll, yummy and healthy salad!!

  17. Healhty and filling pasta salad...
    Nice layout of blog..

  18. This looks tasty and very colorful. It's great that you've got so many flavors in one dish!

  19. Hey such a beautiful presentation...loved it aa lot....and that too salad is alwaz the best....healthy lunch i feel...

  20. Wat a beautiful, colourful and delicious salad, with so many beans and pasta yumm, am ready to have rite now..

  21. Simple, healthy and nutritious looking. Kind of a one meal thing as it has everything in it.

  22. Very picturesque presentation..... Visual treat for sure..... Loved the captures.... :-)


  23. This is such a colorful and tasty pasta dish! Love the idea of adding sun dried tomatoes! Salad looks gorgeous in that bright white cant miss the pink rose :-)

  24. really delicious and yummy one.. very healthy choice

  25. Love a good pasta salad and looks super healthy. Will try this too!

  26. This looks delicious


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