If you are going to have a BBQ party this is definitely the pasta salad to serve alongside! Along with the fresh cilantro I used fresh oregano, and a mix of black and green olives. Very Mediterranean, very yummy! 1/4 cup of pine nuts is not enough for our family, I threw in a handful of sesame seeds and cashews as well. Thanks Charlotte, this one's a keeper!
Awesome!!! Honestly, looking at the ingredients, I didn't think this would be a 5-Star recipe (maybe a 4, at max), but I'm SO glad I was wrong! :-) I made this without the olives which I didn't have, but didn't change anything else. After a long day in college, this was just what I needed! Charlotte, this is definitely on top of my "regular" list! Thanks so much!
I cut back on the amount of pasta (and oil) because I didn't want such a big salad, but kept the other amounts as listed, hoping for extra flavour. Still, this turned out pretty bland. It just seems to need something to liven it up.
I agree with another reviewer that I felt something was missing. DD1 (5 years old) didn't like it and DD2 (15 months) and I ate it. I added cherry tomatoes which was a nice addition. I made ours gluten free using quinoa rice macaroni, light tasting extra virgin olive oil, organic garlic, dried marjoram leaves as it turned out I didn't have dried oregano, chopped walnuts instead of pine nuts as that is what I had on hand (I know pine nuts would be better), sea salt, no pepper, plus the rest of the ingredients. Made for Healthy Choices Tag Game 2013.