Friday, 21 July 2017

Tuna, Pasta & Pesto Salad

Tuna, Pasta & Pesto Salad
This is a fantastic recipe that is perfect for a summer supper, packed lunch or picnic!

Serves 4
Prep time:  10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
225g dried pasta shapes
150g French beans, trimmed
1 red onion, finely sliced
¾ cucumber, diced
100g cherry tomatoes, quartered
2tbsp capers
6 large gherkins, diced
1 lemon, zest only
150g roasted peppers in brine, drained & chopped
2 tins of tuna, drained and flaked
For the pesto
50g fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 red chilli, de-seeded & finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
4tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
60ml extra virgin olive oil
100ml Greek yogurt
Freshly ground salt & pepper
  1. Place the pasta in a pan of boiling water and cook as per packed instructions, add the French beans for the final 4 minutes of cooking time.  Drain and rinse under cool water and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the pesto, place all the pesto ingredients into a blender and blitz until you have a smooth paste.  Season to taste and set aside.
  3. Place the pasta and beans into a salad bowl and drizzle over the pesto.  Add all the remaining ingredients and toss well.  Season to taste.  Enjoy!

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