Thursday, August 15, 2019

Summer Pasta Salad

Last week was a crazy one. I’m not going to get into the details, but I will tell you that at one point, I decided to touch up the woodwork in the bedroom, and ended up painting it all! That was a lost day. At any rate, the deck garden is doing well, and cucumbers and green peppers are ripening in leaps and bounds. In addition to dicing and slicing the peppers to freeze for use during the winter, I’ve also used them just serve pasta salad with great results. Look how cute these are. It serves a dual purpose of using up one of my many (way too many) peppers, and saves me washing a dish, not to mention delighting my lunch guests with this clever edible “bowl.”

I had intended for this post just to be a brief one on a rather unique use for green pepper, but I thought I would toss in my recipe for pasta salad as well. I liked this one in particular, because I found the addition of dried cherries to be quite a pleasing one. I tossed them into the salad dressing to hydrate them a bit, and then mixed everything together. Wonderful!
Summer Pasta Salad

4 whole red, yellow, or green peppers

2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
½ t. kosher salt
¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
½ t. dried oregano 
1 clove garlic, crushed

3 c.
tri-color rotini, cooked according to package directions
½ c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
12 pitted Kalamata olives
½ cup diced red onion
1 c. feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Cut the tops off of the peppers, as well as a tiny bit off the bottom to allow them to stand upright. Seed and remove any white pithy parts. Rinse and invert onto a paper towel to dry while you make the salad.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic until thick and creamy; add cherries and chill. In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, olives, red onion, feta cheese, and parsley. Toss salad ingredients with dressing gently to coat. Scoop into hollowed out peppers and serve immediately.

Serves 4-6

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1 comment:

Linda said...

What a cute idea to serve in a fresh pepper. Next thing I know you'll be harvesting olives from a tree on your patio!
I've not made any pasta salad without mayo and this one looks really good to me.