Basil-Feta Pasta Salad

This makes a large salad for a potluck. If you want this for a dinner salad for a family, I would halve the ingredients.

Ingredients

    Ad
  • 1 package pasta (1 lb.), any kind - I like farfalle and penne for salads
  • 2 cups basil for pesto + 1 cup, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup shredded or grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts + 1/4 cup for topping
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 package (8 oz) crumbled feta
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. While this is cooking (or ahead of time), make pesto by placing basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and mixing thoroughly (If using a blender, chop basil first and add slowly or the blender will get jammed up). Add salt and pepper to taste. The pesto should be mixed well and be a brilliant green color.

Brown 1/4 cup of pine nuts in a little olive oil with salt and pepper until golden. Drain pasta when done and rinse using cool water to stop cooking. Toss pesto and pasta together in large bowl, add pine nuts, basil strips, tomatoes and feta and toss. This salad is best if left to "set" for a couple of hours or even overnight. Before serving, add salt and pepper and more olive oil if the salad looks dry.

If you don't like feta, you could simply substitute shredded parmesan or your favorite cheese instead. Feel free to use bottled pesto as a timesaver or add grilled chicken for a hearty meal.

Jess from Portland, OR

Comments

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content(article continues below)
In This Article
Feta Salad with Fork
Feta Salad Recipes
Categories
Food and Recipes Recipes Salads PastaJanuary 24, 2007
Guides
Homemade gluten free pasta.
Gluten Free Pasta Recipes
Growing Basil
Growing Basil
Recipes Using Fresh Basil
Recipes Using Fresh Basil
Pasta Alla Checca Recipes
Pasta Alla Checca Recipes
More
🍀
St. Patrick's Ideas!
💘
Valentine's Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on January 23, 2017 at 12:10:02 PM on 10.0.1.108 in 2 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!