Here are some of my favorite pasta salad recipes:
I was in the mood for something lemon-y so I came up with a greek pasta salad, and I love the vinaigrette! I will definitely be trying it on a green salad too.
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GREEK PASTA SALAD WITH LEMON FETA VINAIGRETTE
1 lb Farfalle Pasta (Barilla is my choice) cooked to al dente instructions in a pot of salted water
1 cucumber sliced into quarters lengthwise and chopped into 1/2" pieces
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
Kalamata olives chopped finely (about 2 tablespoons)
6 ounces crumbled feta cheese (some of which is used in viaigrette)
2 boneless grilled or roasted chicken breasts, chopped into 1/2" pieces (rotisserie chicken also works well--remove the breasts and chop them)
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (reserving 1/4 cup of the feta for the vinaigrette) and season with salt and pepper. Toss with vinaigrette.
I find the flavors in the dressing are more intense if you serve this salad immediately, which is the way I like it!
LEMON FETA VINAIGRETTE
2/3 cup vegetable oil (such as avocado or canola)
juice of 2 lemons
1 t kosher salt
1/2 t. ground pepper
1 t dried basil
1 t dried oregano
1 T chopped red onion
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup crumbled feta
Blend all ingredients well. (I use a blender.)