1poundof dried fusili/rotini pasta,or whichever pasta shape you like - bowties work well in this too
1pintgrape tomatoes,sliced in half
1cupkalamata olives,pitted and coarsely chopped
1cupgreen olives,pitted and coarsely chopped
1 1/2cupcrumbled feta cheese
5ounceshard salami,sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds and then quartered
1/2teaspoonground black pepper
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box then drain well and place in a large bowl.
Add the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, feta, and hard salami on top.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Pour over pasta mixture and toss well to coat.
Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (I did 6 hours).
I used regular balsamic vinegar for this but a reader mentioned it turned her pasta salad a bit brown when she used regular balsamic. You can use white balsamic vinegar if you don't want to possibly get a brown tint.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 345Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.