Acini di Pepe Pasta Salad

Acini di Pepe Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your  next Summer picnic.

acini di pepe pasta salad - confessions of a cooking diva

I love, love, love this salad. I probably say that on every recipe, but really this one is fantastic. I love the combination of the tender pasta, tart tomatoes, the salty taste of the feta cheese and the crunch of the radicchio. Tasty!

I often make this for dinner, but it would make a good side dish along side chicken or steak. This is one of the dishes I make if my husband is going to be out of town for several days and then eat it for three days. It gets better with time. Make this dish a couple hours before you want to eat it. This will allow all the veggies and the pasta to soak up the dressing. Soooo good!

acini di pepe pasta salad - confessions of a cooking diva

You need to make this! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!

~J

Acini di Pepe Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ c. acini di pepe pasta (or any small pasta like orzo)
  • ½ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ c. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. red grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c. yellow grape tomatoes, halved (can use 2 c. of red grape tomatoes)
  • 1 c. finely sliced radicchio
  • ½ c. finely diced red onion
  • 1½ c. basil leaves, torn into large pieces
  • 1 c. crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Meanwhile, you can get everything else ready to go.
  2. Toss the rinsed pasta with the olive oil, red wine vinegar and the salt. Fold in the tomatoes, radicchio, onion, basil and feta cheese.

 

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