by Tammy Taylor
So… Y’all know earlier this week I shared with you my procedure for making Herb-Bombs – ice-cube sized bundles of deliciousness that include chopped fresh herbs and garlic from my garden topped with olive oil & frozen in an ice cube tray. I’ve used these Herb-Bombs to quickly & easily make my brown rice much more flavorful
But today I’m going to be making pasta salad. During these dog days of summer I’m always looking for cooler dining choices that don’t require lots of time in the kitchen.
BOOM! Enter this pasta salad made super-fast with my premade olive oil & fresh herb Herb Bombs!
I’d already made two different kinds of Herb-Bombs, one with rosemary, garlic, thyme, basil & sage, and another Italian-flaired one with heavier garlic & basil and with some of my dehydrated tomato powder stirred in. Let’s see how this pasta salad thing goes…
Making a Basic Pasta Salad
I pulled out about 3 cups of dried rotini pasta. I love this pasta, it’s colorful and fun and cooks in only 7 minutes. So I put on some salted water to boil and then poured in my pasta, stirring well. When the water returned to a boil I set my timer for 7 minutes and stirred the cooking pasta occasionally to make sure it didn’t stick.
When the cooking time was done I poured the pasta into a strainer and then poured the cooked pasta into a bowl and stirred in a couple of flavor bombs – one of each kind, letting them melt into the hot pasta with an explosion of flavor. (deep breath…) Oh. My. Goodness. The aroma in my kitchen is amazing. I tasted the pasta salad and thought it would do quite well as a basic stand-alone pasta salad as-is.
Delicious & Colorful Veggie Add-Ins
But I had a very sweet friend who shared some fresh garden tomatoes with me (since my garden didn’t do well this year due to the weather. Eh hemmm…)
Now my mama always told me presentation is half the dish, and I thought the bright red would not only be tasty but also add some color. So I chopped up one of those bright red orbs of summer and stirred it into the pasta – I really love the way it looks and it gives my pasta salad just a little more taste of summer.
But what about cucumbers? I’ve planted heirloom pickling cucumbers and they’re actually producing very well. Nothing feels quite as cool on a hot summer day as a crisp cucumber. So I chopped up a cucumber harvested fresh off the vine and stirred it into my pasta salad as well. DELICIOUS!
I also added just a couple of drops of lemon juice to give my salad a little citrus kick. But these are all only additions I made to suit our tastes. In my opinion this is a winner either way!
I love that you can go as basic or as *WOWSER* as you like with this salad. And it doesn’t take much time at all in the kitchen. If you want you can serve it as-is, or if desired you can chop up whatever veggies you have in your garden that would go well in a pasta salad. I’m thinking purple onion would be delish stirred into this salad too. whaddya think??
Without further adieu, here’s my Quick Pasta Salad recipe!
Cold Pasta Salad Made FAST With Herb-Bombs
When it's hot outside you want something cool to go with supper. Check out this quick-n-easy pasta salad!
- 3 cups dry rotini pasta
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 Herb-Bombs (or minced fresh herbs & olive oil)
- Enough water to cover pasta
Bring salted water to a boil. Add dry pasta and stir thoroughly. When water returns to a boil, continue boiling pasta uncovered for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Strain cooked pasta in a mesh colander and place hot pasta in a bowl.
Add about 1 Herb-Bomb per about 1.5 cups dry pasta, or to your taste. (I used two Herb-Bombs for three cups of dry rotini pasta) If desired you can substitute herb bombs with minced fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary & oregano and a splash of olive oil.
Stir to thoroughly coat pasta - may add a few drops of lemon juice to add a little acidity. Chopped tomatoes are a nice stir-in, and chopped cucumbers go well too.
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