My favourite have always been to take recipes and improvise them to make it easy, simple and delicious for me to follow. There are a lot of food which I love to see online from different cultures but due to my religion I am not able to eat those sold in the shops. Reason being, they contained restricted meat or content such as alcohol. So I am always ready to pick up a recipe and whipped it up into real life.
Recently, I was inspired to chalk up a menu of hors d’oeuvre and salad for my last party which I organised for a group of ladies.
In this post, I would like to share my take and recipe of the pasta salad- zsiti edition, Here We Go~
I have two versions of the pasta salad here:
1) Chicken Olive Oil Salad
2) Tuna Mayo Salad
Pasta (preferred would be the shells like cavatelli or spiral like fusilli)
Can of tuna in water or oil
Romaine Lettuce or Iceberg Lettuce
White Button Mushroom
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Almonds or pine nuts (optional)
The first recipe which I am going to do will be the chicken olive oil salad. It is simple and quick to do. Firstly, I boiled certain ingredients like the pasta, chicken meat and mushroom and set them aside to cool.
Then sliced up the cherry tomatoes into halves and thinly sliced the mushrooms. The lettuce would be sliced up into strips of about one inch.
In a big mixing bowl, place the tomatoes, lettuce, mushroom, olives and shred the chicken meat into the bowl.
Drizzle in 2 tbs of olive oil or based on your taste preference, I also poured in 1 tbsp of balsamic sauce and a pinch of mixed herbs. Stir to mix them. Chill the salad in the fridge, before serving sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and almonds for that added crunch.
The second recipe which is the Tuna Mayo Salad, place in a big mixing bowl, the lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, and tuna flakes along with 2tbs of mayonnaise. Stir them well and store in the fridge before serving.
Resting the salad in the fridge would allow it to soak up the sauce and enhance the flavour making it a scrumptious sides to your meal.
I served the salad as one of my main dish during the party and thankfully it was well received. It is also one dish which can be whipped up in a short time during those lazy weekend which you want to spend less time in the kitchen.
Try them out and tell me how it went for you. Let your creativity comes in and you can add in any ingredients that you would like!