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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This bright and healthy mediterranean pasta salad is easy to assemble and a great take-along dish to a party or picnic. No heavy mayo dressing just a light, herby vinaigrette.

4 cups rigatoni pasta
227 g crab flavoured pollock (real crab/lobster or cooked chicken)
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/4 cup cottage cheese
2 large kale leaves, massaged and thinly sliced

2/3 cup light olive oil
2 tsps dry basil
2 tbsps parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes
1 1/2 tbsps lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry oregano
pinch sugar

Start by cooking the rigatoni. While it cooks slice and dice the vegetables. 
Prepare the dressing by dumping all the ingredients into a food processor and whirling until smooth and a little creamy.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with the veggies and your choice of protein (ie: pollock, chicken). Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything together. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavours to blend, but you can even make this salad a day ahead.

This serves 4 as a main dish or 6-8 as a side.

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