Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad. Sun-Dried Tomatoes are a wonderful cupboard essential, and along with a few other ingredients are turned into this yummy salad. You can mix up the salad veggies and add what you like, but the combination that I used tasted like a pizza in a salad to me! This salad is a real summer time salad, and is great to have in the fridge for lunch during the week. It would be equally as good as a picnic dish or a barbecue side dish.


A Simple List of Ingredients:


1. Spiral Pasta 
2. Pitted Olives
3. Cherry Tomatoes
4. Salt and Pepper
5. Sun-Dried Tomatoes
6. Red Wine Vinegar
7. Olive Oil
 8. Garlic
9. Fresh Basil Leaves
10. Cheddar Cheese


Bismillah, let's begin!


First, to make the dressing, you'll need a blender of some sort. I used this mini one.



Crack open a jar of sun-dried tomatoes.



Drain the oil out of the tomatoes. You can keep the oil in a jar and use for another salad.



Put the sun-dried tomatoes into the blender.



Peel 4 garlic cloves.



Add to the blender.



Season with salt and pepper.



Next, you'll need red wine vinegar.



Add 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar.



Cover the blender ..



.. and blitz!



Blitz until smooth.



Add about 1 cup olive oil, or as much as you like.



Blitz again until smooth, and taste for seasoning. This dressing makes enough for 1 large salad or two small.



Take 2 mugs spiral pasta.



Cook the pasta in boiling water according to packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold water. Place into a large bowl.



Add half the dressing.



I stored the remaining dressing in the tomato jar in the fridge until needed.



Give the pasta a stir until the dressing coats each piece.



Add a handful pitted olives. You can add more if you're an olive fan!



Take a box of cherry tomatoes.



Slice in half and add to the bowl.



Add a handful chopped basil leaves.



Finally, grate in Cheddar cheese, to taste.



Give the salad a final stir.



Serve immediately if you want to ...



.. but it tastes better the next day.

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Wasalaam!

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