Mediterranean Pasta Salad & Mini Strawberry Pies

Both of these recipes are good for entertaining, and they were both tasty.  The little strawberry pies were great, and the blog that I got it from explained how to do them perfectly.  They were so cute yet soo easy!  I have to say I’m pretty excited that the next time I post it will be June!  You know what that means? Strawberry picking month!  Have a great weekend and thanks for reading. :)

Mediterranean Pasta Salad- slightly adapted from Food Network

Serves: 4-6

Kosher salt
1 pound tricolor pasta, such as bow tie or fusilli
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 to 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
Freshly ground pepper
2/3 to 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 large pickled pepperoncini peppers, diced (optional – I only used 1 small one because it was a little too spicy for my taste)
5 tablespoons halved black olives
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons grated romano cheese

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain, then rinse with cold water to cool (I made the pasta the night before and chilled overnight in the refrigerator).
  2. Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: Whisk the vinegar, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in enough of the oil to make a smooth dressing; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, onion, pepperoncini, olives and oregano in a bowl. Add the cooked pasta, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add the vinaigrette  (Note: I didn’t use all of the dressing.  Add it slowly until the pasta is coated to your preference) and both cheeses and toss. Chill until ready to serve.

Mini Strawberry Pies

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One thought on “Mediterranean Pasta Salad & Mini Strawberry Pies

  1. The mediterranean pasta salad is right up my alley! Last week I bought a batch of fresh Long Island strawberries from the farmstand, so now it’s back to the farmstand for more strawberries to make the strawberry pies, yum, yum!

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