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Rotini Salad with Feta Cheese and Black Olives

Rotini or little wheel shaped pasta cooked and tossed along with feta cheese, black olives, tomato dices, cucumber dices, onion rings, olive oil, fresh oregano and a sprinkling of red pepper sauce. Served chilled garnished with grated parmesan cheese.

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Serves: 4 
Cooking time (approx.):  minutes
Style: Italian Vegetarian

2  cup(s) uncooked rotini
4  tablespoons olive oil
½  cup(s) sliced black olives
1  cup(s) crumbled feta cheese
2  tomato(es) diced
1  onion(s) cut into rings soaked in cold water.
1  small cucumber(s) diced
2  tablespoon(s) fresh oregano chopped
a sprinkling of red pepper sauce or as per taste
salt and freshly milled pepper to taste
2  tablespoon(s) grated parmesan cheese

  1. Cook the rotini pasta in a pot of boiling salted water for about 8 minutes or till tender but just underdone. Drain and refresh in cold water. Drain well. Toss in some olive oil to avoid them from becoming sticky.
  2. In a bowl, mix lightly the remaining olive oil, black olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, fresh oregano and red pepper sauce. Top the rotini with this dressing and sprinkle salt and freshly milled pepper. Refrigerate covered with cling film to chill.


  • Any small sized pasta like conchigliette (little shells) can be used in place of rotini.
  • It is important to cook the pasta till it is almost cooked or till just underdone. Refresh any form of cooked pasta in cold water so that they do not become sticky. Drain the cold water and coat the pasta with a drop or two of oil. This will help separate them out.
  • The best quality parmesan cheese will be labelled Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • The amount of cheese can be increased if desired specially if children love it.

Serve chilled topped with: grated parmesan cheese

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