Posh Picnic n°1: Summertime Pasta Salad

I wanted Jake’s birthday picnic to be more than just a bunch of mushy cheese sarnies, soggy salads and some bruised grapes

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I wanted really good, tasty, decadent food which would blow him away.

And, as I found it exceptionally difficult to find many veggie friendly picnic recipes online, I thought I’d do a little series of posts on what I did manage to find!

(And no fear, you can obviously add meat substitutes if you’re dying to be a lil more carnivorous.. I’ll suggest a couple of things I think you could add for each recipe to make them more appealing to you meat lovers)

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Enter Posh Picnic item numero one, the Summertime Pasta Salad

A brilliant, summery pasta salad which you can prepare in advance and let all the fragrant flavours really sink in for a truly fresh kick to your picnic, or bring it along to a barbecue to be everyone’s favourite guest.

Get your hands on:

310 g small shell-shaped pasta

3 cloves garlic

255 g yellow cherry tomatoes

255 g red cherry tomatoes

1 handful black olives, pitted

2 tablespoons fresh chives

1 handful fresh basil

½ cucumber

4 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or to taste

7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

drizzle of lemon juice

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

(Meat addition: Chorizo cubes)

The pasta I used was a mix of fusili and spirali as I couldn’t find any of the specified type anywhere, it worked fine, if not a little big!

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Cook your pasta according to packet instructions, along with the garlic cloves

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Drain and run under cold water until cool

Put the garlic cloves to one side till later

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Chop the tomatoes, cucumber, olives and herbs into pieces about half the size of the pasta

Mix the pasta and the chopped veg in a bowl

Squash the garlic cloves out of their skins and mush in a pestle and mortar. Add the vinegar, oil, lemon juice and seasoning and mix together

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Drizzle over the salad

Leave for the flavours to mingle overnight, or get stuck in straight away!

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