1.1lb(500g) dried pasta shapes(I use fusilli for this recipe)
1lb(450g) cherry tomatoessliced in half – I like to use rainbow tomatoes, but you can use regular
10 ½oz(300g) mini mozzarella balls/pearls sliced in half
4baby cucumbersor 1 regular cucumber, sliced
1large red onionpeeled and sliced
2cups(65g) fresh peashoots (you can replace with lambs lettuce, watercress or mild rocket)
1large bunch fresh parsleychopped
Italian Style Dressing
½cup(120ml) olive oil
3tbsp(45ml) white wine vinegar
Zest and juice of ½ lemon
1clovegarlicpeeled and minced
1tspMaldon salt flakes
2tbspfinely chopped fresh parsley
Cook the pasta as per the pack instructions. Drain and run under cold water to cool and prevent from sticking.
Whilst the pasta is cooking, make the Italian style salad dressing by mixing together all of the dressing ingredients in a jug or jar until combined.
Transfer the cooked pasta to a large serving bowl. Add in the tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumber, red onion, peashoots and parsley.
Drizzle over half of the dressing and toss everything together.
Serve the pasta salad with the remaining dressing.
Can I make it ahead?Yes! This pasta salad is perfect for making ahead. I'd suggest just drizzling a little of the Italian dressing over it (so it doesn't get soggy), then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. The flavours in the dressing develops and actually makes this pasta salad even tastier! Cover and refrigerate the remaining Italian dressing with the pasta salad so you can pour more on when it's time to serve.Can I freeze it?No, unfortunately, the veggies won't stand up to freezing and would become mushy upon defrosting.Ingredient swaps
Swap out pea shoots for spinach, lambs lettuce, watercress or rocket if you like.
Swap out the mozzarella with feta, goats cheese or cheddar.
Add in sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, and anchovies for a Mediterranean style salad.
Add cooked shredded chicken, crumbled crispy bacon, or little slices of salami/chorizo/coppa/prosciutto for a meaty addition
Nutritional information is per serving, including salad dressing.