A great light and fresh tasting pasta salad. It's great to find one that doesn't contain mayo for a change. I did add an extra clove of fresh crushed garlic to the dressing as the boiled garlic didn't have much flavour left in it. I used chopped seeded tomato instead of the cherry tomatoes as it was all I had and added a little bit of chopped yellow capsicum too. I was serving a very fussy eater who loved it and came back for more the next day! A keeper recipe.
This is a great salad I needed a salad I could make ahead so when company comes I don't have so much to do at the last minute. This salad exceeded my expectations! It is simple, elegant, tasty, quick, and can be made in advance. I served this salad cold and I added some fresh broccoli florets. I used grape tomatoes cut in half and left out the yellow tomatoes.
This has to be the best pasta salad I've ever tasted and how a pasta salad is meant to be made. The addition of the garlic is truly inspired and it is so subtle but lifts the recipe to a another level. It tastes so fresh and alive in your mouth, no prepacked ingredients just beautiful fresh produce you can't go wrong. Use your best extra virgin olive oil for this one. Thanks Mirj, this is now my favourite salad.
I loved this pasta salad. I'm used to heavy, thick italian dressings on pasta salad, so this was light and delicious. I've only made it once, and think the 7 tbs of extra virgin olive oil might be a little too much. So next time i'll cut that back a little. I would suggest starting out with 5-6, then tasting as you go. But overall, looked beautiful, deliciously light. I added fresh broccoli and fresh yellow squash instead of olives and cucumbers.
In my opinion, the fresh garlic and basil is key!
I loved this salad! I doubled the garlic, left out the cucumber and olives, and added colored capsicum and baby mozzarella. Yum - thanks Mirj!!
Very light and yummy. I wanted to give it a bit more flavor so I added a couple extra cloves of raw garlic & some anchovies to the dressing. A healthy winner!
I made this pasta for a BBQ - it was so simple yet wonderfully refreshing to taste. A great dish to serve to the crowds.
Very nice. Balanced. Not exciting, but tasty and pretty. Subbed farfalle for small shells, Added fresh parsley. Diane
Fabulous! Beautiful in appearance and naturally gourmet in taste.
This is so fresh and tasty. My new favorite pasta salad.