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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