Spring Entertaining: Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek Pasta Salad

Beautiful gatherings deserve nibbles that are not only effortless to pull off but add eye-catching appeal to a table filled with your impeccable style & good taste. Greek Pasta Salad is a fine offering when company is on the way. Garden vegetables & freshly snipped herbs celebrate the season & compliment a humble box of pasta flawlessly. The salad can be made up to one day ahead of time & refrigerated just until ready to serve. Whether your gracious get-together calls for fine china or a more casual approach by serving in Mason jars, you can bet your friends & family will be pleased with this lovely party-perfect salad. 


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makes 8 servings

Your favorite commercial vinaigrette can be substituted for the homemade salad dressing if you’re in a hurry. Stir in a smattering of fresh herbs for an instant flavor boost.

1 {16-oz} box penne pasta
Greek Vinaigrette
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 {15-oz} can black olives, drained & cut in half
1/2 large cucumber, sliced & cut into quarters
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or oregano
1 {6-oz} package feta cheese, crumbled
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain & run under cool water to stop the cooking process. Meanwhile, prepare the Greek Vinaigrette. Pour the dressing over the cooked pasta in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Stir in the tomatoes, the olives, the cucumber, the onion, the herbs & the cheese. Toss the mixture well to combine. Season with salt & pepper. Chill 2 hours or overnight. 

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makes about 1 cup

Although fresh herbs are preferred for an undeniable bold flavor, dried herbs can be substituted. Use a 2:1 ratio of fresh to dry herbs except in the case of rosemary which is a 1:1 ratio as the exchange is equally potent.

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
Optional: 4 tsp chopped fresh oregano

Whisk together the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually whisk the oil in a steady stream to emulsify. Add the fresh oregano. Taste & adjust the seasonings.

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How To Juice Fresh Lemons

Lemons can be used in both sweet & savory foods pairing well with just about anything making them extremely versatile. When choosing them from produce bins, select fruit with a bright, uniform color. Pick them up & gently press them in your hand. They should feel firm with a slight give to them. If the zest is desired, take care of that task first by running the outer portion over a microplane grater, then slice the lemons in half for juicing. Extracting it from the citrus is simple when the correct tool is used.

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The Technique

 When fresh lemon juice is needed for recipe applications, it’s important to have the right device that will release every bit. A glass juicer where the reamer is set over a small bowl to collect the juice can be used or my preferred choice is a lemon press. These valuable tools are generally coated with a non-reactive finish to prevent the acid from producing off flavors. Citrus halves can be placed in the custom fit compartment then the handles pressed together to extract the juice over a small bowl. It’s efficient enough to press every bit of juice quickly. Once the task is complete, the pulp & seeds will be left behind. Simply remove the used lemon halves & discard them. Before adding the juice to recipe applications, pour it through a small fine wire mesh sieve to collect any seeds or unwanted bits of pulp that may be in the bowl.

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