For grilling lovers like me, this pasta salad is an answer to the side dish dilemma. I know, right? So many choices out there for a side dish. If it’s up to me, I like to have one or two side dishes with grilled meat or seafood. And who wouldn’t eat a salad?
With a refreshing herb and lemon vinaigrette, this veggie-packed pasta salad is delicious by itself or as a side dish. Here you’ve got crunchy cucumbers, sweet grape tomatoes and peppery arugula. To balance it all out, a sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese at the end builds layers of flavor.
So skip the mayonnaisey salads and try this next time. To avoid wilting, add the arugula last and toss it in just before serving.
1/4cupcrumbled feta cheese or shaved parmiggiano plus more for garnish
2(handfuls) baby arugula
2Persian cucumbers halved lengthwise, then chopped
2spring onions chopped
1cupgrape tomatoes halved
1 1/2Tbsplemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1Tbspred wine vinegar
1garlic clove minced
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
5basil leaves chopped
Boil the pasta in salted water for 7-8 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: In a large bowl, place lemon juice, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper. Whisk together while slowly drizzling the olive oil into the mixture. Set aside.
Drain the pasta in a colander. Let cool. Take the bowl with vinaigrette and add in the pasta, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onion, feta cheese, basil and arugula. Toss together and season with more salt and pepper to your taste. Top with a little more feta cheese.