Friday, July 13, 2012

Tangy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives

Tangy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen



In the summertime, we tend to eat as light as possible on the hottest days of the year. While we aren't yet to the hottest days, a storm came through this week and created a lovely muggy 108 degrees. After a crazy day of indoor activities with restless kids, I couldn't even imagine turning on the oven of the stove for anything more than the pasta.

This salad turned out light and flavorful with a great balance of tanginess from the vinegar and a slight bite from the onion and olives. The pasta was even more delicious the next day.

Tangy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives
(printable recipe)

1/4 cup very thinly sliced and chopped red onion, about 1/4 of a large onion
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 large can of black olives, quartered
1/2 large green pepper, sliced very thinly and then chopped bite size
6-8 ounces pasta of your choice, I used a brown rice fusilli
4 ounces of Monterrey Jack cheese, diced small
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta according to directions, removing from the heat and rinsing immediately with cold water, until the pasta is cool. Set aside in colander. Place the onions in a small dish and cover with the olive oil and vinegar. Let rest while preparing the rest of the vegetables.

In a large bowl, combine the prepared vegetables, pasta and cheese. Add the onions with the vinegar and oil and toss well to coat thoroughly. Season generously with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

* If preparing a day in advance, add a splash more vinegar and oil as needed right before serving.

Tangy Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers and Olives recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


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15 comments:

  1. lol..wait...lovely muggy 108? I don't know.. I experienced that same weather and I don't remember it being too lovely!! lol BUT, the pasta said DOES sound lovely and it looks even better!

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    1. Ha. Let's just say that the heat brings out a rather sarcastic nature for this girl.

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  2. I've always loved a good summer pasta salad! We made it to 105 with a heat index of 111. Muggy, hot, sticky and our upstairs air is broken! Sleeping on the couch. Yuck!

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    1. I survived a visit to the D.C. area in July about 10 years ago. Let's just say that I will NEVER go back in the summer time. The humidity just wipes me out! Hope your a/c is fixed SOON!

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  3. Mary, this salad is precisely what I want to be eating on a hot day! It's slightly different from my own--yours is easier, quicker, a lot less stove time--definitely on the menu this week!

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  4. Cold pasta salads are one of my favorite summer dishes. You are right, it makes a great meal during these hot summer days.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  5. This sounds and looks just perfect for the 100 degree humid weather we are having too. I am not used to this weather in So Cal. So not OK. Take care.

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  6. Ah, what a perfect summer salad. I'm totally wanting a bowl of this now. It is way past lunch time, and I'm hungry. Thank you for sharing with me, sweet friend. It always makes my heart happy to visit here.

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  7. It sounds perfect for a hot day and I like the colors

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  8. I'll forward this to my girls; they love Pasta salads!

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  9. I love that tart tangy taste in pasta salads, it keeps them from being bland. I made another one of your vegetable-hash-with-an-egg-on-top inspired dinners the other day, you've created a monster!

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  10. That is something I'd love to take to a cookout. I might do that next weekend actually.

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  11. This is terrific for a healthy week day lunch!

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  12. This is the perfect food that good to eat during summer. But I am not really a fun of eating those tomatoes. Does it taste good if it is going to mix in the pasta?

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