Hey there, pasta lovers!
You are going to love this new recipe I cooked up with Kaslo Sourdough! If you, too, love sun dried tomatoes, tart goat cheese, olives, fresh herbs, and a kick of spice… you are going to go bananas for this Okanagan Pasta Salad! This salad is perfect for potlucks, beach days, picnics, or you can even make up a batch at the start of the week and take it for work lunches! Not to mention, it can be whipped up on the fly in 15-20 minutes! Who doesn’t love quick ‘n versatile recipes?
If you haven’t tried it yet, I’m telling ya – these sourdough noodles will elevate your kitchen to new heights! This pasta is made with love out of Kaslo, B.C., by a small, family-owned company that I adore working with. I am so proud to be partnered with such a fantastic and delicious (hehe!) business, and I just know you are going to love their product as much as I do. Visit pastafermentata.com today and use the code JAMIEPASTA to receive 10% off of your online order, or you can also simply check here to find your nearest retailer!
Read on, to learn how to whip up this delish, flavourful pasta that will have all of your picnic guests reaching for ‘just one more’ scoop:
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours, or preferably overnight
Yields: 6-8 hearty servings (depending if this is your main course or served alongside your picnic fare)
- 1.5 cups heirloom grape tomatoes in an array of colours
- 1/4 cup pitted green olives in chili oil
- 3/4 cup whole or sliced sundried tomatoes in oil
- 1 container (approx 1 cup) mini bocconcini cheese balls
- 1/2 – 1 whole package of your favourite flavour of Boursin cheese (in this recipe I used Bouquet of Basil & Chive, but Shallot & Chive, Garlic & Fine Herb or Cracked Black Pepper would be just as delicious)
- 1/4 oil from the sundried tomato jar
- 3/4 cup of your favourite seasonal herbs (oregano, basil, parsley or dill – make sure the flavours compliment each other if using more than one)
- Avenue M Microgreens in your favourite variety (I used Spicy Mustard for this recipe!)
- Avenue M Pea Shoots
- Coarse sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Optional: salami, chorizo or ham pieces if your family likes meat!
Fresh tomatoes, robust olives, and aromatic herbs give this pasta salad an edge on your traditional packaged grocery store salads!
Cook Kaslo noodles as indicated on package (typically 8-10 minutes). Strain, rinse, and allow to stand while you prepare other ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, combine halved heirloom tomatoes, sliced sun dried tomatoes, pitted and chopped/smashed olives, and bocconcini cheese balls.
Add rinsed and strained pasta noodles to the bowl.
Drizzle sundried tomato oil over noodles, and mix all ingredients well.
Add fresh herbs of your choice, and stir to evenly distribute. If using more than one herb, make sure the flavours compliment each other. For beginner chefs, I recommend buying a few different herbs to have a fun taste test at home! Try sprigs of assorted combinations on a spoonful of goat cheese, or with grape tomatoes or pasta noodles to see what your tastebuds like!
I’m an oregano girl, as you can see!
Stir in plenty of fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste.
After chilling for 2 hours (or overnight, if preparing the day before), pour the pasta mixture into a serving dish – or if travelling with it, leave it in the storage container for the next step. If you find that your salad isn’t as oily as you would like, feel free to drizzle more on by the tablespoonful until it’s your desired oiliness.
Gather up your Boursin cheese and Avenue M Microgreens and Pea shoots, and generously top the salad with them. Be sure to leave this until right before serving, so your delicate microgreens stay fresh and crisp!
You could also stir some of the goat cheese into the pasta salad before adding it to the serving dish for even more cheesy goodness!
It’s ready to serve and impress your guests!
With loads of mouthwatering sun dried tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and cheese in every bite, this will be the star of the potluck! Or have all of your coworkers envious of your out-of-the-box homemade lunch idea!
Served with lemonade and a smile.
Thanks so much for checking out this fun recipe! Don’t forget to leave me your email so you receive my next Kaslo recipe straight to your inbox – this summer we are making a Spaghetti Shrimp Scampi that will knock your socks off!
All my love to you and yours,