Immerse yourself in the vibrant colours and refreshing flavours of the Conchiglie Pasta Mista, this colourful pasta, infused with the natural hues of spinach, beetroot, and turmeric, takes centre stage in a fresh and invigorating salad. Tossed with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, olives, and capers, and dressed with a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing, this Conchiglie Pasta Mista Salad is a perfect summer dish.
- 250g Donna Pastaia Conchiglie Pasta Mista
- 4 cups mixed leafy greens (such as arugula, spinach, or lettuce)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup olives, halved
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the Conchiglie Pasta Mista: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Conchiglie Pasta Mista and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
Prepare the Salad Ingredients: In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and capers. Toss gently to combine.
Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Combine the Pasta and Salad: Add the cooked and cooled Conchiglie Pasta Mista to the salad bowl with the greens, tomatoes, olives, and capers. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
Toss and Serve: Gently toss all the ingredients together until the pasta and salad are evenly coated with the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Serving and Plating Suggestions:
- Serve the Conchiglie Pasta Mista Salad cold, making it a perfect option for a refreshing summer meal.
- Accompany the salad with a chilled ginger ale or a crisp beer to complement the vibrant flavours and provide a cooling effect.
- Pair the salad with grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu for a protein-packed variation.
- Serve the salad as a light lunch or side dish at picnics, barbecues, or outdoor gatherings.
The combination of the colourful pasta, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, and the tangy dressing creates a symphony of tastes and textures. Elevate your summer dining experience with this delightful salad from Donna Pastaia, savouring each bite and embracing the freshness of the season.