I love potlucks. So much yummy food! I usually dont try to make show stopping dishes for potlucks. I try to make things that I think most people will enjoy. Tomorrow is the birthday of the director of the program that I work for. So we are celebrating! I love celebrations at work. It always seems to make the lunch hour extend and I feel more refreshed when I get back to my desk.
I chose to make a dish that I first had at my bridal shower. My mom made it and it is really the easiest thing ever. The flavors are basic and yet soo delicious! This isnt your typical pasta salad. There is no heavy dressing weighing it down. Just a light garlic lemon oil dressing that enhances the flavors of the basil and feta rather than overpowering them.
I used my fancy schmancy slap chopper to minc the garlic (I dont know if its actually called a slap chopper, but thats what Jeremy and I call it). We were given it for a bridal shower gift and we love it! It makes chopping and mincing things SO much easier! It is also a huge time saver!
Let me tell you, it was HARD not to gobble this up. Obviously I needed to taste it to make sure there was enough salt and pepper. I definitely want people to enjoy the pasta, but I have to admit that I will not be sad to bring some home 🙂
Spinach and Feta Pasta Salad
1 box of riggatoni, prepared as the box instructs
l0 ounces baby spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size ( I used probably 5 ounces and it was plenty)
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1/3 c. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
l tablespoon of lemon juice
fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic
2. Once pasta is finished cooking, let it cool for a few minutes and then add the spinach and basil
3. Add the olive oil, lemon juice mixture and toss to coat
4. Add feta and toss
This is a recipe that I typically make the night before I want to eat it because the flavors taste better after they are allowed to marinate a bit.
Then the kitten did this….
She will squeeze herself in any plastic bag, even when they are full. She LOVES them!