So I’ve been sitting in bed all day with a wine hangover, which is not nearly as bad as a normal hangover, it more so just feels like a betrayal.
On the plus side, I made a banging pasta salad yesterday based on a recipe I stole from the internet, but altered slightly so that’s my 300 words for today.
Holland’s Bangin’ Pasta Salad
aka Redemption from that last pasta salad she made, which was bad.
1 bag of pasta, I used a tri-color veggie pasta from Trader Joe’s. It was like a fancy looking Rotini.
1 red bell pepper, diced
Almost all of an english cucumber, diced. I used most of it, at first I was worried I had used too much, but the crunch of the cucumber is a nice foil to the softness of the pasta.
1 container of feta cheese, crumbled.
1 can of olives, like a small 4.25oz one. I used regular, black olives because they’re the only kind I like, but I imagine Kalamata olives could go very well with the feta.
½ a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. The ones I used were soaked in olive oil, which is a fact that will become relevant again later on in this recipe.
20ish grape tomatoes. To be honest, I bought an entire pint and intended to use it, but with the sun-dried tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers it seemed like overkill. There was a lot of red happening in the salad already.
A handful of baby spinach. This is totally optional, but I had bought baby spinach earlier in the week and it was about to go bad so I just diced up what I had left and threw it into the salad.
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
The original recipe for the dressing also included ⅓ cup of olive oil, but because I was already getting some olive oil drizzle from the sun-dried tomatoes, I thought adding additional olive oil would make it too heavy.
Overall, I was very happy with the results. Others seemed to enjoy it as well. The only thing I could think it may be missing is some salt and pepper. I tend to like pretty bland foods and don’t love over seasoning things. There’s a nice, natural saltiness that comes from the feta and olives, but if you get a bite without either of those things it is a bit bland. Which again, I’m into, but if you’re not, maybe add some salt & pepper!