Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, from the golden turkey to the green bean casserole and cranberry sauce. But sometimes, it's fun to switch things up a bit and add a new dish to the beloved line-up. If you're looking to bring something different yet delicious to your Thanksgiving table this year, then you're in for a treat! Let me introduce you to the best Rotini Salad you'll ever taste.
This pasta salad is a far cry from the mundane grocery store variants. It's loaded with an array of vegetables, infused with a burst of flavors, and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Not only is it visually appealing with its vibrant colors, but it's also a versatile dish that complements the other classic dishes splendidly.Besides it's been a while we shared a recipe with you, so here you go!
1 pound rotini pasta
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
For the Dressing:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Prepare the Pasta
Cook the rotini pasta according to package instructions until it's al dente. Drain it and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and to ensure the pasta doesn't stick together. Set it aside.
Step 2: Make the Dressing
While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and minced garlic in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3: Toast the Pine Nuts
Place the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast them, stirring frequently until they're golden and fragrant. Be careful not to burn them!
Step 4: Assemble the Salad
In a large bowl, combine the cooked rotini, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, and red onion. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and toss until everything is well coated.
Step 5: Add the Finishing Touches
Stir in the feta cheese, black olives, and toasted pine nuts. Finally, sprinkle the torn basil leaves on top for that added burst of flavor and freshness.
Step 6: Chill and Serve
You can serve this immediately, but this salad tastes even better when it has been chilled for at least an hour, allowing the flavors to meld together.
And there you have it—the best Rotini Salad to add a little something extra to your Thanksgiving table. It's fresh, flavorful, and a delightful alternative to the usual suspects of the holiday feast. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🦃🍂
Name a few of your favorite holiday traditions? I bet a few include some sort of food or snack. And another bet, it would not fall into any sort of “health food” category. And that is ok! Treats in moderation should be enjoyed, especially this time of year when food holds many memories and traditions.
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