Friday, 10 July 2009

Broccoli, Feta & Pasta Salad

Things have been a bit hectic around here this week as we have had company. Sometimes that increases the amount of cooking going on, and sometimes it decreases it. This was a decrease-cooking visit over all, which is why there hasn't been much posted.

However, I also saw the first Ontario broccoli of the season this week and snapped it up. When it came time to put it into a meal though, there didn't seem to be a lot of other ingredients hanging around the house. As usual, that calls for pasta. I do wish I had had a tomato or a bit of red pepper to add some colour to the salad, but I didn't. I'm putting it in the recipe though, because it really should have been there.

4 servings
30 minutes - 20 minutes prep time

Broccoli, Feta and Pasta Salad
Make the Salad:
1 small head of broccoli
1 medium-small zucchini
1 medium ripe tomato OR 1/4 red bell pepper
150 grams (1/3 pound) feta cheese
200 grams (1/2 pound) pasta

Wash the broccoli and cut it into bite-sized florets. Wash the zucchini and cut it into 1/4" slices. Cut them in half across if they are large. Dice the tomato or red bell pepper, and finely dice the feta cheese.

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. Add the pasta and cook it for the recommended time. When there are 4 minutes left for it to cook, add the broccoli to the pot. When there are 2 minutes left, add the zucchini. It may be necessary to cook the pasta for a minute or two beyond the recommended time, as adding the vegetables lowers the temperature of the water. However, when it is cooked, drain it and rinse it in cold water until cool. Drain well. Toss the cooled pasta and vegetables with the tomato or red pepper, the feta cheese and the salad dressing.
Make the Dressing:
1/3 cup minced chives OR 2 green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
1/2 teaspoon rubbed basil
1/4 cup sunflower seed oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Grind the pepper and chile flakes. Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a jar or small bowl.

Last year around this time I made Pea & Cauliflower Soup, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Patties and Unbaked Strawberry Pie, which I'm pretty sure I've already mentioned, with all due modesty, is a truly great pie.


Kate said...

Here's hoping there will be broccoli at the farmer's market tomorrow :)

Joanne said...

I love the sound of this pasta! So many fresh summer veggies.

Bellini Valli said...

A lovely pasta!!!