This is the ‘classic’ or original (close to it, anyway) Pasta Salad…. The one that started the whole pasta salad craze back in the beginning of time.
The original called for bottled “Italian Dressing” but I prefer to make my own (plus I can’t get it here).
This was the salad that I took to all the picnics and family reunions when we lived in the U.S.
Now I just make it to have on hand for my lunches (mon mari having sworn off pasta… more or less).
This serves 4 – 6.
Maybe I should put it in a Mason jar…..
Italian Picnic Pasta Salad
Total time: 35 minutes
- 6oz (180gr) sliced, hard salami, cut into quarters
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup green olives, sliced
- 1/2 cup Greek dry-cured black olives, sliced
- 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, sliced
- 2 ribs celery, sliced
- 1 cup (6oz, 180gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 2 cups (6oz, 180gr) pasta, farfalle
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Italian Vinaigrette:
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tbs white wine (tarragon) vinegar
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 5 tbs salad olive oil
- 1 tsp snipped fresh chives
- 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tsp chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- Put salami, mushrooms, onion, olives into bowl and add vinaigrette. Allow to marinate, at room temperature, for 1 – 3 hours.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- When done, drain, put into a large bowl (or back into the cooled pot) and toss with olive oil.
- Add celery, tomatoes, pepper to pasta and toss lightly.
- Before serving add marinated vegetables to pasta and toss to combine.
- If not serving immediately, refrigerate to chill.
- Italian Vinaigrette:
- Place mustard, vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Slow add olive oil, whisking constantly, to combine.
- When all oil is in and emulsified, add herbs.
Back to our little project.
We had a bathroom and we needed desperately to move out of our horrid rental property (that had no heat).It was February and we were tired of freezing.
Next up was the floors.
Walking through the house was like walking on a sailboat in high seas. It varied by as much as 4 inches, undulating up and down across the rooms. The photo below shows one small section of floor in the hall. He’s putting down boards to lay the sub-floor on. Coming from the back it’s 6 boards, 2 boards, 4 boards, 3 boards to get to level.
We also needed electricity.
Well, I should say we needed more electricity, trying to turn this into a modern (sort of) house and all, with washer, dryer, fridge, freezer, computers, oven, cook-top, etc.
We hired an actual electrician for installing the new box. It’s in the kitchen. The wallpaper had already been stripped, the floor leveled and tiled. We had hoped to have the kitchen further along before moving in…..
While mon mari was doing all the actual construction I cleaned what would be our pantry.
It had been their kitchen with a wood-burning cook stove.
It was dirty.
I scrubbed it down and painted it.
We moved in the appliances and some shelving.
It was like that until about a year ago when mon mari decided it needed his touch.
This is what it currently looks like – with my exercise bike in the middle.
Back to getting ready to move in….
We had the stove in the kitchen for heat, as well as the kerosene stove you can see on the left.
We needed beds.
We moved all the saw horses, tools and boxes into another room (we moved stuff around a lot) and set up the twin beds in the hall.
And that’s where we lived for the next three months.
That’s Emma peaking around the beds…. Sedi was probably in front of the stove.
Next up: the kitchen.