Last week a client asked me to teach her housekeeper how to make (amongst other things) a pasta salad like the woollies Greek pasta salad, as her kids are crazy about it. Never having eaten it before, I went to their online shopping service and found that a list of the ingredients used in the salad was listed. Naturally quantities were not included but it’s not really rocket science is it…?
So, with ingredients at hand, Wedson (the Malawian housekeeper… a man!), and I added then together and decided if it tasted right. It didn’t just taste right, it was damned delicious! Certainly not just a pasta salad for the kids. I enjoyed a big plate of it for lunch, quickly took some photos and resolved to tell you about it.
I had initially imagined a simple mayonnaise sauce poured over cold pasta, but it was Greek yogurt with honey, garlic, herbs and mustard, lots of seeded olives, baby rosa tomatoes, fresh oregano… mmm!
It would be great for a light lunch and perfect as a side to a braai.
Thank you Woolworths and Annette!
Greek Pasta Salad a la Woolies
Makes 6 good portions
250g Fusilli or penne pasta screws, cooked and drained with lots of cold water
½ a Cucumber, cut into slices and quartered
250g mini rosa tomatoes, quartered
200g Feta cheese, cut into small blocks
15 black olives, deseeded and cut into a few pieces (or more if you love olives)
½ a small onion, peeled, halved and cut into thin slices
For the dressing
1 cup of Greek yoghurt
2 Tbsp of Honey
2 Tbsp of Olive oil
1 ½ Tbsp of Lemon juice
1 Tbsp of Wholegrain mustard
1 tsp of Salt
1 large clove of Garlic, crushed
½ tsp of Black pepper
1 Tbsp of fresh (or dried) Oregano, chopped
Cook the pasta with lots of salt, drain it and set aside until cooled. Add to this the cucumber, rosa tomatoes, olives, onion and feta. Mix up the dressing ingredients and combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.