Summer is here officially and it's about time! For me the whole concept of picnic is about sharing time with friends over tasty nibbles be it in a backyard or at a more tradition in the park on a blanket setting. So when some friends invite me to a backyard bash and ask me to bring something I know exactly what I want to make. Pasta Salad is an easy, quick, no fuss item that is best made a day ahead of time so that the flavours have a chance to come together. This Mediterranean take on pasta salad is not only filled with veggies but packs the bold flavours or garlic and basil. Summer isn't summer without a little time spent with friends in an outdoor setting sharing food, so pack your sunscreen, wear your cutest summer outfit and make a giant batch of picnic perfect pasta salad and you'll be all set!
Here's what you'll need:
1 box farfalle pasta
1 can slice black olives – drained
1 large red onions – very finely sliced
1 large packet grape tomatoes - quartered
2 cucumbers – sliced into quarters
1 orange bell pepper - sliced
1 yellow bell pepper – sliced
5-6 large cloves garlic
1 cup white white vinegar
¼ cup Olive Oil
8-10 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Add the olives, onions, grape tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers into a large bowl. Add salt and pepper, chopped fresh basil, the vinegar and oil. As this mixture sits the veggies will begin to release some juices and that will help add a depth of flavour to the dressing.