This hot weather has made me want to eat more salads than normal. A fresh salad, in my opinion, is the perfect summer’s day lunch. This pasta salad is zingy, fresh and packed full of herbs. Inspired by a recipe in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest this salad is definitely worth trying…
Herby Pasta Salad (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)
serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side
- 200g dried pasta shapes
- 2 tbps red wine vinegar
- 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 spring onions, finely sliced
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- handful of sunflower seeds, toasted (or mix of sunflower/pine nuts)
- handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
- handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped
- optional, if can tolerate dairy: handful grated vegetarian parmesan
- other optional additions: cherry tomatoes, olives, sun-blush tomatoes, diced cucumber, sweetcorn
– Cook the pasta until al dente
– Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt and garlic.
– Add the pasta, along with the onion and peppers to the marinade, mix well.
– Leave to cool.
– Add the other ingredients and stir well to fully combine.
– Eat at room temperature.
Another delicious looking dish!
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Can your kids/family tolerate pine nuts? I’ve never been sure whether or not those are actual nuts (I’ve heard that they’re seeds).
We seem ok with pine nuts – I’m not sure if they’re a seed or nut….!
I like that pasta shape … is there a name for it?
It’s nice isn’t it. Sadly, I’ve thrown away the empty pack.. will check the next time I’m in the supermarket and get back to you 🙂
sorry for the delay in replying… had to go to the shop and check the name – it’s Gnocchi Sardi from Sardinia and made for cheesy sauces. Although it’s not conventional gnocchi, it is a similar shape.