"This has become a favorite, easy but unique. Can be served hot or cold !" — Jenni
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2 (6 ounce) cans
kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
chopped fresh parsley
fresh basil, chopped
This recipe is so quick and easy, but that does not prevent this from being a very very tasty dish. I make only a few, inexpensive modifications that result in an improved final product.
1. Instead of Starkist or Chicken of the Sea tuna, splurge on any brand of Tonno tuna. Tonno is yellowfin tuna canned in olive oil, and it is found in the same aisle as regular tuna. Yes, it is more expensive, but it is usually only about $1.50- $1.80 a can and the taste is WELL worth the extra money. After you eat tonno, you will never ever want to eat any other canned tuna. For best results, don't drain the oil off when you open the can; instead, flake the tuna and the oil together in a bowl before adding to the pasta.
2. Toast the pine nuts for about 4 minutes, and add them just before serving. Toasting really enhances the flavor of the nuts.
3. If you can, use fresh lemon juice and not the bottled juice. I am a huge fan of going the easy route, but not here. Bottled lemon juice really does not work so well with this recipe. If I don't have fresh lemons but do have bottled juice, I just leave the bottled juice out. That's how much I don't like it in this recipe. But the fresh lemon juice is really a great addition.
4. If you like salt a lot, add capers. Use wild capers, if you can find them. They are found in the same aisle as regular capers, and they cost about $1.50 more per jar, but they sure do have an amazing flavor that is perfect here.
I did not like this recipe very much at all. In fact I threw most of this salad out shortly after making it and tasting it myself. In brief, there was way too much pasta and not much taste. As suggested by the other reviewer I even doubled the feta and olives..but the flavor was still lacking. I MIGHT try again with green and red peppers and some other fresh veggies.
This is delicious and a very adaptable recipe that can be changed up to suit your taste. I liked it cold and of course changed it up to what I liked more of which was the olives and I did add capers. I did use the feta cheese and tossed it with red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice and used an Italian blend of herbs instead of just basil because that is what I had. If you make this recipe as is or change it up according to your taste you can't go wrong. It's a great pasta salad.
This is exactly what I was looking for. It was quick and easy. I am amazed how great it tastes. I used plain macaroni since thats all I had. I did add extra nuts afterwards since I felt they complimented well. I don't see how theres much more to alter. And its great hot or cold. Very versatile, can be served as a nice dinner entrée with a glass of wine, to potluck to a brown bag lunch!
I loved this! It is so fresh and easy and perfect for lunch. I used fusilli pasta (1/2 the amount stated) and regular black olives (I find kalamatas too salty for my taste). Otherwise, I didn't change a thing. I rinsed the pasta in cold water when it was done cooking and served the dish cold. I think the flavors of all the ingredients are wonderful together. Be sure to toast the pine nuts!
This was certainly different! I used black olives instead of kalamata olives because we're not big fans of the kalamatas. I also used a little more feta cheese than what the recipe called for since we are cheese lovers! :) All in all the dish was good.....next time I think I'll add a little more lemon juice for taste and possibly some more garlic. We served it hot but ate the leftovers cold.....I think I like eating it cold better especially since the flavors had a chance to meld together over night. Great summer pasta dish!
This recipe is amazing! I served it warm, and did double the feta and olives, and used less pasta (about 3/4 lb). I understand it was even better cold the next day.
This was great! You can also use shrimp that is quickly sauted in some oil and garlic instead of the tuna.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Servings Per Recipe: 7
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 170
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