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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is a simple and quick recipe for the summer.  I kind of winged this and I think you can add what you have on hand such as onion, chickpeas, etc and enjoy.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

1lb pasta your choice of cut, I used ditali
1 tbsp olive oil (more for pasta)
1 pint of grape tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 cups cucumber diced
1/2 cup feta cheese cubed
1 can sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped parsley

1.   Cook Pasta according to package instructions
2.  Drain and then toss with olive oil (about a tbsp)
3.  Cook tomatoes and garlic for a few minutes to soften them (3-5min)
4.  Combine all ingredients and serve!

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Mediterranean Chopped Salad

I like to call this Mediterranean and not Greek Salad (that’s again homage to my Turkish roots), but either way it’s yummy.  There are many ingredients in this one,  but they don’t all have to be in the salad every time, use what is at hand.  Sadly, when I took this photo, we were out of garlic, and that folks is not an option! (but the kids liked it better that way)

Mediterranean Chopped Salad

  • 1 1/4  cups  cucumber , chopped  into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1  pint or 11/2 cups grape tomatoes ,  left whole, but purists may want to slice in half or quarter
  • 1     red pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch dice
  • 3     tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3     tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1     clove garlic minced in garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1     can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
  • 1/2  cup chopped pitted olives
  • 1/4 cup  minced red onion
  • 1/2  cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cups  lettuce , cut into 1/2-inch pieces (optional)
  • 1 cup  feta cheese , chopped into 1/2-inch dice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Chop ingredients
  2. Mix oil, vinegar and garlic together in salad bowl, add chopped stuff
  3. Toss with lettuce and feta, season with salt and pepper and serve

Voila!


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