Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Bacon and Feta

This is a brilliant combination of ingredients that work perfectly together. The fresh hint of lemon mixed with the richness of bacon and feta is a marriage made in heaven. And with asparagus season just wrapping up, Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Bacon and Feta is a great way to use up the last of the harvest. And if asparagus season is over you can easily substitute other fresh green veggies like green beans or snow peas.

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Orzo with Smokey Tomato Vinaigrette

The lowly tomato. It’s so versatile and plentiful this time of year. Just when I think I can’t eat another toasted tomato sandwich or any more Bruschetta,  I remember Orzo with Smokey Tomato Vinaigrette and love tomatoes all over again. I’ve been making this recipe, compliments of Giada De Laurentiis for ages. Charring the tomato skins in a dry pan gives this vinaigrette a smokey flavour and it’s a great way to use up smaller varieties of tomatoes. I planted grape clusters this year and I can’t keep up with them so this tasty pasta dish is just what I need.

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Macaroni Salad

Have you ever gone to a pot luck and brought Macaroni Salad and a few other people did too? And yours looked sort of lame compared to the others? Me too. You probably just mixed together pasta and mayonnaise. That’s basically a macaroni salad but I learned that you just need to add a few colours, flavours and textures to make sure you’re taking home an empty bowl.

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