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Eating Mediterranean Pasta Salad with a fork

MEDITERRANEAN PASTA SALAD

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad is not only easy to make but also a delicious Summer treat. It is made by tossing pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, onions, arugula, and feta cheese with homemade Greek Dressing.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time: 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 122 kcal

Equipment

Instant Pot
Mixing Bowl
Whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Trofie Colore Pasta or Farfalle Pasta, Rotini Pasta, or Cellentani Pasta.
  • ½ Red Onion sliced
  • 1 Cucumber diced
  • 10-15 Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 handful Arugula
  • ½ Red & Green Bell Pepper or mini peppers
  • ¼ cup Olives optional

Lemon Vinaigrette

Instructions
 

How to cook Pasta:

  • Instant Pot: Add pasta to the instant pot and cover them with water. Pressure cook 4-5 minutes or as per packet instructions.
    (Note: Pressure Cook Timer depends on the pasta. Check the instruction on the pasta bag. Divide the cooking time by half (½) and -1. That is, Cook Time for pasta is 12. Divided by ½= 6. Then -1= 6-1=5).
  • Stove-Top: Add 1 cup of Pasta in boiling water. And boil for 8-9 minutes or as per instructions.
  • Strain the leftover water and transfer the pasta to cold icy water. Leave it for 2-3 minutes or until it's chilled.
    (Note: This will stop the cooking process and also it will not stick).

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • Toss all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk all the ingredients until well combined and keep it aside.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad:

  • Transfer cooked pasta to a bowl after draining the water. You can use any other pasta too in the recipe.
  • Then add all other ingredients (red onions, bell pepper, arugula, cucumber, and tomatoes) to the bowl. Then add Lemony Vinaigrette in the bowl and toss until combined properly.
  • Adjust the flavors and serve immediately.

Notes

You can make your fresh Vinaigrette using some fresh ingredients, or can also use your favorite store-bought one.
All varieties of Pasta are cooked in the same way in an Instant Pot using the same process. Based on the instruction or time mentioned, just divide that time by 2 (9/2=4.5). And from the result take away 1(4.5-1=3.5). So whatever the result (approx. 3), that’s the time you need to cook pasta in an Instant Pot.
Use any colorful veggies you like and toss in with other ingredients.
For extra flavoring, you can also add some flavored chickpeas like GREEN CHICKPEAS.
Once pasta is cooked, wash it in cold icy water to stop the cooking process.
STORE: You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and it will remain fresh and healthy.
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Nutrition Facts
MEDITERRANEAN PASTA SALAD
Serving Size
 
1 grams
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
122
Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
272
mg
12
%
Potassium
 
283
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
447
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
15
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
39
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword greek pasta salad, mediterranean pasta salad,, Salad, Summer Recipe, vegetarian
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