In these hot mid-summer days, I’m often looking for something cool and refreshing for dinner, that doesn’t require much time standing at a hot stove.
This is one of those awesome meals. I usually make a large batch of it for dinner, and then we have the leftovers for lunch the next day. My husband can take some to work, and when school goes back, it’s another great one for the school lunch boxes as it has everything you need for a balanced meal – protein, lots of veggies, and plenty of flavour!
As with all salads, make it your own. Mix up the ingredients according to what you have in the pantry and your fridge. Try some toasted nuts – macadamias would be lovely in this, or even some dried fruit like goji berries if you have a bit of a sweet tooth.
Fresh herbs from the garden would also make a lovely addition to this one!
Mediterranean Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)
- 1.5 cups gluten-free pasta
- 1 400 g tin butter beans or chickpeas / garbanzo beans or kidney beans
- 1 red onion finely diced
- 8 sun-dried tomatoes thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives sliced
- 8 cornichons (baby cucumber pickles) or your favourite gherkin pickle
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 4 button mushrooms thinly sliced
- 1/2 red capsicum thinly sliced
- 1/2 yellow capsicum thinly sliced
- 8 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp oregano, dried
- Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packet. If you want this as a cold dish, allow the pasta to cool first. Otherwise you can use it hot and it makes for a nice warm salad.
- Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and oregano in a large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and toss well to coat in the dressing.
If you’re starting to think about heading back to school and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the onset of daily packed lunches rapidly approaching, make sure you check out my Packed Lunches Cookbook. It has over 100 pages of great ideas to keep your little ones (and not-so-little ones) happy. From make ahead and freeze ideas, to snacks for on the go, it’s got you well and truly covered.