Summer pasta salad

Summer pasta salad

As the weather warms up pasta salad are really quick and tasty meals that are perfect for summer days. I love grilled haloumi and this combination of haloumi, asparagus and avocado is just fantastic. Use whatever shell or shaped pasta you have in your cupboard but using bow ties or twirly shaped pasta just makes it look so much better and feasting with your eyes before it goes into your mouth is half the pleasure… (4 people)

What you need

250g pasta shells
600-700g asparagus steamed until just tender
400g Haloumi cheese sliced thinly
1 avocado sliced into bte size pieces
Rind of 1 lemon finely grated
Juice of 1 large lemon about 50ml
Olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
Palm of other fresh herb like chives or basil ripped.

The process

Put your pasta on the boil according to the instructions on the pack and cook until done. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool down. leave it in a colander until you are ready.

Heat a pan to a medium heat with a little olive oil and cook the haloumi until browned on each side. Remove and set aside.

Now get a large bowl, add the pasta, haloumi, asparagus and avocado and toss with your hands.

In a separate bowl add 80ml of olive oil, the sugar, lemon rind, ripped chives and lemon juice and give it a whisk.

Pour over the pasta mixture and toss again to coat the mixture with the dressing.

Thats that, it’s really delicious and fresh, perfect for a summer lunch.

This smoked salmon pasta salad is a real winner as well.