Pasta Salad with Olives and Mozzarella

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 pound pasta, small tubes or shells
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cubed Mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup black olives
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 3 pickling cucumbers or kirbies, peeled and diced
  • 2 bunches fresh oregano, leaves only, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions

Bring 1 gallon salted water to a rolling boil in a large stockpot. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and pasta, and cook until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain in a colander, shaking vigorously, and immediately transfer to an oiled cookie sheet or clean countertop to cool. When cool, transfer to a bowl, and toss with 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.

Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Toss with pasta, adjust seasonings, and serve.


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