Lemon Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Arugula

In Vancouver, we’re still waiting for summer to arrive. Deciding to take back summer, we’re heading to the beach for a picnic. Pasta salad is always a great thing to pack along and I hit the Farmer’s Market this morning looking for some inspiration.

I found some lovely arugula and cherry tomatoes and thought these bright flavours would complement each other. My chives were standing up outstandingly for the first time, so I snipped a bunch into the salad. This lemony dressing marries the feta cheese and other ingredients really well. And the garlic gives it a nice bitey-ness. I know because I ate a bunch of fork fulls before packing it up. This recipe is a keeper, especially the dressing. -bvox

Lemon Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Arugula

Adapted from Epicurious

7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

2 cups pasta (I used creste di galli, also known as cock’s comb)
2 cups small cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1 cup arugula
3 tablespoon snipped chives or green onions

Whisk oil, lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and lemon peel in small bowl to blend. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse pasta with cold water to cool quickly and drain again. Transfer pasta to large bowl. Add tomatoes, feta cheese, and chives/green onions and arugula. Pour dressing over and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I found it seasoned enough with all that feta)


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One thought on “Lemon Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Arugula

  1. Mon June 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply


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