My friend Mary was sweet enough to give me a basketful of campari tomatoes again. I was so excited, I have been waiting for the right tomatoes to make this dish and I finally had them. Well, I know what you are thinking… Feta, surely Chad and Munchkin didn’t eat that. No, you are right. Neither of them would touch it. But, I didn’t say I made it for them.
My friends came over to play games Saturday night, the same ones I shared the Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey with. My friend YaYa came over (Munchkin calls her YaYa not sure how she came up with that, but I later found out it means Grandma in Greek – so it fits, she is like family. And it stuck.) she really enjoys Italian flavors too, and she was thrilled to share this salad with me. I also brought it to a barbeque that we went to on Sunday. Mary hosted. I told her about the pasta salad on the phone and warned her to eat around the feta, but she apparently forgot. She was sweet enough not to spit it out though. Although I wish I had my camera to capture the look on her face when she realized it was feta and not mozzarella.
I am still enjoying the pasta salad. The tomato flavor is amazing, the sweetness of the tomato and the tang of the vinegar. It all comes together perfectly. It seems to get better each time I go back to eat it. Yes, this dish is a stand in the fridge with a fork kind of hazard. This is a quick and easy summery dish! Buon Appetito!
Recipe from the fabulous Ina Garten
Tomato Feta Pasta Salad
half of of pound rotini pasta
Extra Virgin olive oil
1 pound ripe tomatoes, medium-diced
3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and diced
1 pound feta cheese, medium-diced
6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, tired and chopped
For the dressing:
5 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, worn-out
2 tablespoons pink wine vinegar
6 tablespoons greater virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, diced
1 teaspoon capers, tired
1 teaspoon kosher salt
three/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Boil for 12 mins, or consistent with the instructions on the package deal deal. Drain nicely and permit to kick back. Place the pasta in a bowl and upload the tomatoes, olives, feta and chopped solar-dried tomatoes.
For the dressing, integrate the solar-dried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, capers, salt and pepper in a food processor till almost easy.
Pour the dressing over the pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan and parsley, and toss nicely.
Serve straight away or cowl with plastic wrap, refrigerate and serve later.