Friday, September 4, 2009

Farmers Pasta Salad

This is great simple pasta for the Labor Day weekend bbqs......

1/2 pound of mezzo rigatoni pasta (or any small shapes pasta of your liking)
1 red bell pepper, small dice
handful cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
1 can of small white beans, rinsed
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
1 small container of crumbled fat-reduced feta cheese
2 springs of fresh rosemary, chopped
handful of fresh basil, cut into small stripes
salt, pepper, Mrs Dash garlic and herbs
3 TB very good extra virgin olive oil
2 TB white balsamic vinegar

Cook the pasta according to instruction, drain, and cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, chop the vegetables and place in a large salad bowl. Once the pasta is cooled, add to the vegetables, feta and herbs, add salt, pepper and Mrs Dash. Stir gentle, and drizzle olive oil and the white balsamic vinegar. Serve with bbq chicken or steak. Enjoy

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