An Easy Friday Night Dinner Idea

I’m not sure when this happened, but Friday nights have become my night “off” of cooking. Once upon a time Friday night was my night to invite friends over for dinner, and I always seemed to be cooking up a storm on Fridays. But these days Fridays are my nights to eat out, eat leftovers, or eat something really quick and easy. Tonight is a quick and easy kind of night; here’s a pasta salad that will hit the spot – tasty, quick and healthy too. Happy Friday!

pasta salad_smQuick and Easy Pasta Salad with Veggies with Sweet Thyme Marinade

(serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of rotini pasta (454 grams), cooked (I used an ancient grain pasta)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Marinade

  • 4 tbsp hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mirin (or maple syrup would work nicely too)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • several pinches sea salt
  • fresh thyme, stemmed and chopped

Directions

  1. Cook, drain, rinse and cool pasta
  2. Prepare marinade in a bowl that will fit the whole salad. Tweak to taste (but keep in mind that it should be strong-tasting as the pasta will dull the flavour).
  3. Chop up the vegetables and put them into the marinade, allowing them to soak up some of the marinade
  4. Add pasta and olives, and stir everything well.
  5. Enjoy!

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