Friday, May 22, 2015

Tzatziki Pasta Salad

I am counting the hours until it is Memorial Day weekend!  Whether the official or unofficial start to summer, I am ready.  Unfortunately we have 4 snow days to make up, but then it will be summer!  No schedules and long days being barefoot and fancy free.  I cannot wait! So let's talk Memorial Day food ideas.  Here's a cool and creamy pasta salad to serve as a main dish or side salad.

Pasta salads are such a great addition to your summer recipe rotation.

All that tzatziki flavor and traditional Greek ingredients are in this Tzatziki Pasta Salad...yum!
Best part, made with Greek yogurt!  I always love looking to Southern Living Magazine for great inspiration and this one really caught my eye, so I just had to try it!

adapted from Southern Living
12.3 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped
1 16 ounce package mostacolli pasta
7 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
4.25 ounces chopped black olives
8 ounces feta cheese
Cook mostacolli pasta according to package directions.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  In a large bowl, mix Greek yogurt, fresh chopped dill, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  Add the drained pasta and stir.  Stir in chopped cucumbers, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with a warm loaf of bread.  If you want to make it a main meal, add some cooked, shredded chicken.  All those Greek flavors just make this pasta.  

Lots of Memorial Day recipes coming.
Let's get excited about summer!

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