Thursday, August 16, 2012

Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

If you invite me to a potluck or a picnic, chances are 99% that I’m going to bring a pasta salad. Because you can’t really go wrong with a pasta salad, and it requires no actual cooking.  And I don’t actually cook, so there’s that.

This is my copy-cat version of the the delicious Trader Joe’s pasta salad I had a few weeks ago. This pasta is really all about the feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette.  The garbanzo beans gives this enough protein to qualify as a whole meal.  Bonus!

Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

1-lb box rotini pasta, cooked according to package, drained and rinsed in cold water

1 can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed

1 container feta cheese (4 to 6 oz)

Fresh diced veggies (Use whatever you have on hand and what you love.  I used 2 roma tomatoes, 1 homegrown cucumber, 1/2 red onion, 1 orange bell pepper.)

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Juice from 2 fresh lemons

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 1/2 tsp ground sea salt

3/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

Add lemon juice, Dijon, salt and pepper to bowl, and slowly whisk in the olive oil.

Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

You can toss your dressing with your pasta, veggies, beans, and cheese and let it all marinate together.  Or if your family is weird like mine, you can keep it all separate and drizzle on the vinaigrette when you’re ready to eat.

Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Happy picnicking!

~julee~

 

I’m linking up with Silly Happy Sweet this week.

14 comments:

  1. I need to pin this so I can make it sometime! looks delicious!

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  2. Wow this looks so freakin' delicious! I want to make it this weekend :)

    xoxo,
    Rachel
    Rachel’s Lookbook

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  3. You've had some great recipes lately! I'm going to a company picnic tonight. Wish you and your pasta salad were there! Going to pin this one as well. :)
    Carolyn

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  4. This I'll definitely eat! I love vinaigrette and Italian on my salad, nothing else. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I'd love to try it some time. I'm curious though, I've never tried feta cheese...

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    1. If you like/eat cheese, feta is a must try!

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  5. This looks yummy. I keep bringing lentils and rice to potlucks, but I really should change it up!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who has a standard potluck dish!

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  6. Yum. This looks really good. Thanks for the GFC follow and I'll def be following back. :)

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