Recipe by madchef
"Acini di pepe is a small, round, pasta perfect for soups and salads. This salad can be served hot, cold, or my favorite, room temperature. Try some different combinations of additions to make variations, such as roasted broccoli with toasted almonds; sun-dried tomatoes, wilted arugula, olives, and feta cheese; spinach; or scallions and feta cheese.
Israeli couscous or orzo can be substituted for the acini de pepe."
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acini di pepe pasta
crushed red pepper flakes
pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Love this salad! It has great Greek flavors that my whole family loves. The few changes I made was to add some sliced cucumbers and halved grape tomatoes. It gave it the crunch and the freshness that I associate with salads. The feta and olives are perfect. Unlike a lot of salads, this one actually got better after sitting for a day or two. If your pasta absorbs too much of the dressing, which really is a very minimal, add more. I also did give it a good shake of red wine vinegar to wake up the flavors. As written, it's a 3. With my tweaks it's a 5. Therefore, I'm settling on an overall rating of 4.
This was really easy and delicious. I added more red pepper because we love to eat fire. I served this cold. My husband loved it. I will make this for company.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 229
** Calories from Fat: 87
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