Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

A while back, a kind reader suggested that one of SoupAddict’s favorite specialty salsas would be delicious served over pasta. And since then, SoupAddict has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to bring the suggestion to life.

Spring finally arrived and brought with it a warm, sunny weekend. Perfect pasta salad weather. And perfect lamb gyros weather. With tzatziki sauce. (But then, in SoupAddict’s book, any weather is tzatziki weather.)

And that’s when it hit SoupAddict: mix tzatziki sauce into cold pasta, as a creamy, but—light—base, and then top with the salsa. She could hardly wait to hit the grocery store.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

The key ingredient in tzatziki is cucumbers. Yummy, yummy cucumbers, such a summer staple. SoupAddict craves cucumbers.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Tzatziki ingredients, ready to become what they were meant to be. Halving the recipe would be plenty for the pasta salad.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

SoupAddict loves these little farfallini pastas (mini bowties). Use two cups of small pasta, or three cups of a larger pasta.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean salsa ingredients. If SoupAddict had come up with the idea earlier, she would’ve made the salsa the night before, so the flavors could meld completely. Instead, she made sure the pasta salad sat in the fridge for several hours.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Add the tzatziki sauce to cooked, rinsed and drained pasta.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Hoo, man. SoupAddict loves da pasta, is obsessed with tzatziki sauce, and could eat this concoction straight out of the bowl. But, she waits for the pièce de résistance…

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

…the Mediterranean salsa. Mix it in. Stick the whole thing in the fridge.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Oh my. Delicious. And when made with 2% Greek yogurt and reduced fat sour cream, Mediterranean Pasta Salad is not terribly unhealthy. SoupAddict loves win-win’s.


Comments

  1. omg was it me???? :)))
    thanks for this new take on an already-fabulous recipe. This is mediterranean to the umptieth power :)

  2. I too am obsessed with Tzatsiki sauce in any way shape or form.

    I am catering a wedding in a few weeks and have been looking for a nice light pasta salad – this one is perfect!

    Thanks…

  3. SoupAddict says:

    Marcella: It was, indeed, your idea. I know good stuff when I hear it. ;)

    Ms. Rocky: It snowed yesterday – enough to have to scrap it off the car – but today it’s 65 (and snow is still on the ground in the shade). Ah, Springtime. :)

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