Basic Pasta Salad

Simple and delicious. A perfect small lunch or dinner, or serve as an accompaniment to a meat or fish dish.


  • 500g Shell pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Telegraph Cucumber, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Black olives, pitted and chopped
  • Bunch of Chives
  • Handful Fresh Herbs such as Basil, Parsley, Marjoram and even a sprig or two of mint
  • 100g Feta (I used creamy feta)
  • Olive oil
  • Wine vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Drain cooked pasta and cool.
  2. Toss all the chopped vegetables and herbs with the pasta and break feta into salad.
  3. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper and dress with olive oil and wine vinegar to taste.
  4. Cool in fridge and serve.


We felt like something light after a large brunch of Eggs Benedict today, and I remembered Rick mentioning an easy pasta salad from our favourite chef – Jamie Oliver. I looked up the recipe on his site and used it as a base for the above salad and it worked out a real treat.

I think that if you want to make a fuller meal of it, you can add some anchovies perhaps….and capers…


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