Mediterranean pasta salad
- Energy Kcal 566
- Carbohydrates g 63.5
- of which sugars g 4.6
- Protein g 28.5
- Fats g 22.1
- of which saturated fat g 4
- Fiber g 3.5
- Cholesterol mg 56
- Sodium mg 520
- Difficulty: Easy
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 7 min
- Serving: 4 people
- Cost: Low
- Note + cooling time
Mediterranean pasta salad is a tasty summer dish, ideal for the warmer months when you feel less like slaving over a hot stove and more like eating simple, fresh, warm-weather dishes! With mozzarella, tuna, cherry tomatoes, olives, and a sprinkling of fresh basil, this colorful dish of bow tie pasta will charm you with its Mediterranean warmth. Like pasta salad with eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes and classic cold pasta, Mediterranean pasta salad is a summer dish that can be a versatile main course for dinners with friends and lunch with family. You could also put pasta salad in Tupperware to have for lunch at the beach or office: You won’t be able to wait for your break!
- Ingredients for the pasta
- Bow tie pasta 11 oz (320 g)
- Cherry tomatoes 9 oz (250 g)
- Basil 20 leaves - (fresh)
- Olive ¼ cup (40 g) - (black, pitted)
- Tuna in oil 7 oz (200 g)
- Mozzarella cheese 7 oz (200 g) - (buffalo mozzarella)
- Salt 1 pinch
- Pepper 1 pinch
- Extra virgin olive oil to taste
How to prepare Mediterranean pasta salad
To prepare the Mediterranean pasta salad, start by washing the cherry tomatoes and cutting them into small pieces 1. Slice the pitted olives into rounds 2 and cut the buffalo mozzarella into cubes, then place in a strainer to drain off any excess liquid 3.
In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the bow tie pasta 4. Now go back to the dressing: Put the tuna with its oil 5 in a large bowl and break up into small pieces using the prongs of a fork 6.
Add the chopped cherry tomatoes 7 and torn basil leaves 8 to the bowl with the tuna. Stir well to blend all the flavors 9.
Drain the pasta 10 and transfer to the bowl with the dressing 11. Add the black olives 12
and mozzarella, minus its excess liquid 13. Mix well and, if you prefer, season with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 14 and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let your Mediterranean pasta salad rest for at least half an hour before serving 15!
This Mediterranean pasta salad will keep in the fridge, in an airtight container or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, for 2-3 days. If you don’t plan on eating it right away, remember to leave out the tomatoes because they tend to turn sour. Add them when you are just about to eat the dish.
Pasta salad is a dish that lends itself to a thousand variations that you will never tire of! If you prefer stronger flavors, use black olives, typical of southern Italy. If you prefer subtler flavors, use green ones instead! What about the buffalo mozzarella? You can swap it for fior di latte or stracciatella cheese, depending on your taste – and what you happen to have in your fridge!