Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

by Pam on August 14, 2013

I wanted a healthy pasta salad to serve with the Chicken Gyros[1] with Tzatziki Sauce[2] I was making for dinner. I found this recipe at Cookie and Kate[3] that looked perfect and it used what I already had on hand which was very convenient. I love the texture of Israeli couscous and it soaked the flavor of the lemony vinaigrette up nicely. I also really enjoyed the subtle flavor and crisp texture of the raw vegetables. The pine nuts, feta, and basil made this pasta salad extra delicious. My husband and I loved it but my kids said it had too many veggies in it. You can’t win them all I guess.

Boil one cup of salted water. Add the Israeli couscous to the water reduce heat to low then cover with a lid and cook for the time stated in the couscous instructions. Drain any excess water if there is any.  Set aside to cool.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste together in a large serving bowl. Set aside. Once the pasta is cool, add it to the vinaigrette along with the chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, zucchini, squash, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, and fresh basil. Toss to coat evenly then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed. Serve and enjoy.



Print[4]

Save[5]



Mediterranean Pasta Salad




Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 13-15 min.



Ingredients:

3/4 cup Israeli couscous
2 tbsp olive oil
Zest & juice of 1 small lemon
1 large clove of garlic, minced
Dash of dried oregano
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Sea sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
10 kalamata olives, sliced
1/2 medium zucchini, small dice
1/2 small yellow squash, small dice
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp feta cheese
1/4 cup basil, chopped

Directions:

Boil one cup of salted water. Add the Israeli couscous to the water reduce heat to low then cover with a lid and cook for the time stated in the couscous instructions. Drain any excess water if there is any. Set aside to cool.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste together in a large serving bowl. Set aside. Once the pasta is cool, add it to the vinaigrette along with the chickpeas, tomatoes, olives, zucchini, squash, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, and fresh basil. Toss to coat evenly then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed. Serve and enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cookie and Kate

References

  1. ^ Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Tzatziki Sauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Cookie and Kate (cookieandkate.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

This recipe has already been read 1526 times!

Incoming search terms:

Proudly powered by WordPress

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Click here to read more information about data collection for ads personalisation

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Read more about data collection for ads personalisation our in our Cookies Policy page

Close