RECIPE: Sun-dried Tomato, Feta, Basil & Black Olive Pasta Salad

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A cold pasta salad with sundried tomatoes, olives, feta and basil. Gimme a plate, NOW.

A cold pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, feta and basil. Gimme a plate, NOW.

It’s summer. Folks like me come up with reasons to get together and eat. And sometimes the food obsessed will ask you to bring something. Don’t go into a panic, and please don’t go to the largely uninteresting prepared food aisle of your grocery store. So here’s a go to recipe that takes only 20 minutes to complete, from start to finish. 

Here in LA, we have the Cinespia film screenings in a cemetery. That’s right, a cemetery. They play the best of old movies on a massive (unused) lawn just after sundown. But it’s all part of the the charm and fun. Provided you’re not too creeped out by dead bodies.  So we devoured this pasta salad while watching, “Coming To America” with a vocal and fun audience. And when it was time to leave the grounds, we happened to walked past the graves of Johnny Ramone, Jayne Mansfield and Rudolph Valentino with full bellies.

Cinespia summertime movie screenings. Reuse photo provided by Rachel aka https://www.flickr.com/photos/chickpokipsie/

Cinespia summertime movie screenings. Reuse photo provided by Rachel Jackson via Flickr

Meals aren’t supposed to be complicated. I believe that you add elements to a recipe in order to make it beautiful and delicious. So I’ll keep this blog post in that same theme: easy and good.

Sun-dried Tomato, Feta, Basil & Olive Pasta Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 16 ounce package of rice pasta, preferably fusilli or spiral pasta (Trader Joe's has it)
  2. 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomato (or more if you love them like I do)
  3. 3/4 cup of good quality feta (my favorite is the Israeli sheep's milk feta from Trader Joe's)
  4. 1 handful of fresh basil, chopped
  5. 1 cup of pitted and sliced black olives
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Get your pasta water going, and fill a large pot full of water, then place on a high heat.
  2. While waiting for your water to boil, start prepping your ingredients. Remove the sun-dried tomatoes from their oil and let them drain in a sieve.
  3. Start pitting and slicing your olives. Or just buy them already diced and pitted.
  4. Chop the basil after cleaning and removing the stems.
  5. Once the water boils, add your pasta and follow directions on pack. All gluten-free pastas do not cook the same, so please pay attention to the instructions.
  6. Test the pasta. Taste it! When it's your favorite consistency, remove it and place under cold water.
  7. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. If your feta cheese is in a large block, use a fork to separate it.
  8. It is likely that you won't need any salt, as the feta has enough of it's own.
  9. Love it like we do!
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I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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