My relationship with pasta salad had a rough start. The first time a pasta salad crossed my path was at a student party, the pasta was way beyond all-dente and drenched in store bought mayonnaise, the few defrosted peas that were added to this mix couldn't save it. Well, I drank a lot of beer that night.
For a long time I didn't want to have anything to do with pasta salads but then I met Jamie Oliver, or rather his so called "Best Pasta Salad". What can I say it was love at first sight and I have never looked back! I changed the recipe a little but come on we all do it even with THE ONE.
300 gr small pasta
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
500 gr cherry tomatoes, diced
1 handful of black olives, pitted
1/2 bunch fresh chives, chopped
1 bunch of fresh basil, chopped
1/2 of a cucumber, diced
2 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
• In a large pan bring salted water to boil. Cook the pasta al dente. Drain and run under cold water.
• Put the tomatoes, the cucumber, the garlic and the herbs in a bowl. Add the cooled pasta, the olive oil and the vinegar. Season to taste.
• Jamie Oliver uses a little bit more olive oil and vinegar and boils the garlic with the pasta.