Picnic pasta salad

A delicious side dish to pack in on a family day out!
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Recipe from: 2 March 2016
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min


  • 200
    bow tie pasta
  • water
  • salt
  • SALAD:
  • 200
    Farfalle pasta (bow tie)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1
  • 200
    feta cheese
  • 80
    rocket, plus extra
  • 1/2
    cucumber slices, cored, sliced
  • 1/3
    basil pesto
  • pinch of salt.
  • 1/2
  • 150
    mixed red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50
    pinenuts, toasted
Servings: Change Serving



Cook the pasta in salted water, drained, drizzle with a little olive oil to prevent from sticking then put aside to cool slightly.

In a food processor, blend together avo, feta cheese, half the rocket, cucumber slices, basil pesto, pinch of salt, lemon juice and blend.

Mix with the pasta and tomatoes. And other half of the rocket.  Transfer the pasta to your picnic dish.

Then top with the toasted pinenuts and garnish with basil leaves.

Its great without the nuts if you're allergic. If you're not fond or allergic to avo, then use 1/3 cup (80 ml) cream cheese.

Reprinted with permission of Siba Mtongana and Food Network South Africa.

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