Tasty Recipe Pasta and Broccoli Salad with Black Olives
This delicious dish is one of the nicest pasta salad recipes. Combining cooked pasta with a mustard and lemon dressing, as well as cheese, tomatoes, olives and broccoli, this recipe is well-balanced and simple to put together. You can swap the Colby Jack cheese for feta cheese or cheddar if you would rather use one of those. Colby Jack has a nice marbled effect though, which looks good in this pasta salad recipe. It is a mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses and is sold in a full moon or half-moon shape. This young, mild cheese is semi-hard and high in calcium.
You can cook the pasta and broccoli together to save time. After all, there is no point in using two pots when you can just use one. Add the broccoli during the final few minutes of the cooking time; you want it to be firm, not mushy. If you want to change the pasta spirals for another shape of pasta that is fine. If you want to use whole wheat pasta, bear in mind it has a longer cooking time.
The easiest way to cool your pasta down is to rinse it under cold running water and then let it drip-dry but some people like to spread it over a baking sheet, in a single layer, and leave it to cool down that way. Use whichever method suits you best.
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons grain mustard
- 1 ½ cups cubed Colby Jack cheese
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 12 oz pasta spirals
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 ½ cups broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Whisk the oil, mustard, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice together to make the dressing.
- Season with salt and black pepper.
- Cook the pasta in a big pot of salted water, until the pasta is al dente.
- Add the broccoli during the last 5 minutes of the cooking time.
- Rinse the pasta and broccoli under cold running water to cool it down, and then drain it well.
- Put the pasta and broccoli in a big bowl.
- Toss it with the cheese, tomatoes, and black olives.
- Pour the dressing into the bowl and toss well to coat.
- Season with more salt and black pepper if necessary.
This appetizing and colorful dish is one of the most mouthwatering pasta salad recipes of all. Combining broccoli, cherry tomatoes, Colby Jack cheese and black olives with pasta and a homemade salad dressing ensures this meal is going to be a real winner, whether you choose to serve it for lunch, supper, part of a picnic or buffet or even in smaller potions as an appetizer. This is a very simple salad to make and you can swap the Colby Jack for feta if you want to add a Greek feel to the dish or for mozzarella if you would prefer an Italian touch.
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