Feta, Rocket and Olive Pasta Salad

From BBC Food


Our healthy olive pasta salad, bursting with herby goodness can be made in a matter of minutes.



Olive Pasta Salad

350g/12oz penne, rigatoni or other similar shaped pasta
8-10 large sprigs of mint, leaves removed, and chopped
150g/5oz frozen peas
200g/7oz feta cheese, crumbled
50g/2oz bag of rocket leaves
1 lemon, grated zest and juice
flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
20-30 good-quality marinated green olives, pitted



Cook the pasta in boiling salted water with 2 sprigs of the mint for the time given on the packet. 3 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the peas. Once the pasta and peas are cooked, drain in a colander and shake under cold running water until cool. Discard the mint sprigs.

Transfer to a large bowl and add the feta cheese, rocket, remaining mint, the lemon zest and half the juice, salt and pepper and a good glug of olive oil. Either roughly chop or smash the olives in a pestle and mortar and add to the pasta. Toss well and add more lemon juice, seasoning or olive oil, if preferred.

Pack in suitable containers for taking on a picnic or serve warm as part of a main course or starter with a barbecue.


By Jo’ Pratt
From The Nation’s Favourite Food