Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016

June is a warm month in Florida.  It is the kind of month that you just want to have a glass of wine and a salad for dinner.  I have just the salad for you.  It can be made ahead and served outside on the lanai.  Enjoy

Feta Cheese Pasta Salad

3 cups uncooked pasta (your choice of size and shape)*
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tomatoes cut in wedges
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thin or chunky
1 green pepper sliced in thin strips
15 black olives (can be cut in half)
1 ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
8-10 radishes, sliced thin or chunky
¼ cup green onions, sliced
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Cook pasta as per direction on package.
Drain well and cool.
Combine dressing--oil, salt, pepper, oregano, lemon juice
      and garlic in small bowl.
Wire whisk until blended.
Combine pasta,  tomato wedges, cucumbers, olives, green
     peppers, feta cheese, radishes, onions, and parsley in
     large bowl.
Pour dressing over salad and gently coat pasta.
Serves 4-6

* My favorite pasta with this salad is rotini.  These are the curly noodles and you can get them in multi-colors.  The other possibilities are cavatappi or fusilli noodles.