Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Pasta Salad with Truffle Oil

Whenever I think about Spring I instantly start envisioning weekends spent at the park and picnics. And pasta salads are pretty much a manditory picnic food. At least for me they are. :)

This also gave me a good excuse to try out some black truffle oil recently given to me by a friend/relative (the best kind of family members to have!) after she heard about my plight; a very serious one that involved me being unable to find black truffle oil in my little town.

And truffle oil is spectacular. Imagine the softest, smoothest, creamiest and most savory mushroom taste in the world, without having to deal with the squishy texture of mushrooms. Love it! 


So to make this pasta salad, we need 1 lb. of cooked and drained pasta. Penne or rotini pastas work great. Drizzle the cooked pasta liberally with the truffle oil. Add a few handfuls of fresh snow peas, chopped roma tomatoes, salt and pepper.




Now add chopped cucumber and feta cheese. Yummy!



Oh, and we mustn't forget the purple onion. I almost did. I was test-tasting the dish and feeling like it was really missing something when I noticed that I had left a purple onion completely intact on my cutting board.



This recipe is light and refreshing; the perfect spring/summer side dish or grab an extra spoonful and make it a light dinner.



Or lunch. Or snack.




Spring Pasta Salad with Truffle Oil (printable recipe)
Serves 8 or more!

1 lb. pasta, cooked and drained
2 handfuls of snow peas
3 roma tomatoes, diced
3/4 cucumber, chopped
3-6 oz. crumbled feta cheese
1/2 purple onion, chopped
Black or white truffle oil
Salt and pepper

In a large bowl, combine the pasta with a generous drizzle of truffle oil.  Next toss in peas, tomatoes, cucumber, feta and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate for two hours before serving if you prefer your pasta salad cold.

5 comments:

  1. Yum! This looks like my kind of pasta salad (women in my family feel that pasta salad is not complete without lots of fat laden mayonnaise)!! I am definitely going to have to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. This looks amazing. Now I just need you to tell me where to get truffle oil since I live in the same little town as you :0)

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  3. Beth - I hope you like it!

    Reagan - I Googled and found out that you can actually order it online from various retailers. Or next time you're in Colorado, stop by Whole Foods b/c they sell it. :)

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  4. Ok, you've made me really want to try truffle oil! I doubt I'd be able to find it in my town, either.

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  5. My girlfriend won a prize basket containing all kinds of truffle oils and salsas. We are going to try this recipe today for a picnic! Thanks.

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