Raspberry and Meyer Lemon Pasta Salad
Featuring: Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar and Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 pound Vegan Pasta or Gluten Free Pasta
- 5 tablespoons Meyer Lemon extra virgin olive oil, divided
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt (plus additional for pasta water and sprinkling)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 4 teaspoons Raspberry Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes (if you don’t have access to good fresh tomatoes,
- sub ½ cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes)
- 1/2 medium red onion
- ¼ cup jarred capers, drained (like these DeLallo Capers)*
- ½ cup jarred sliced pepperoncini, drained*
- 1 1/2 hearts of romaine lettuce (6 cups chopped)
- ¾ cup DeLallo Pitted Greek Calamata Olives
Boil the pasta a large pot of water salted with 1 tablespoon kosher salt. When pasta is al dente, drain, rinse under cold water, and return to pot. Add 3 tablespoons of Meyer Lemon extra virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, the oregano, Dijon mustard, Raspberry Balsamic vinegar, and fresh ground pepper.
Meanwhile, thinly slice the zucchini. Warm 2 tablespoons of Meyer Lemon extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a skillet and saute the zucchini, stirring in ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and more fresh ground black pepper. Saute until just lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Then add the zucchini to the pot with the pasta.
Slice the tomatoes in half and sprinkle them with a bit of kosher salt. Slice the red onion into half moons. Add the tomatoes, red onion, capers (drained) and pepperoncini (drained) to the pot with the pasta.
Chop the romaine into bite sized pieces and add it to a large bowl. Add the olives to the lettuce. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and mix with your hands so the olive brine coats the lettuce. Add the pasta and veggies to the romaine and toss to fully integrate.
Serve immediately. If you’re not vegan, top with grated Parmesan cheese, but it’s optional and not needed for flavor. Store leftovers refrigerated for a day or so (you can also add additional olive oil and/or salt if it looses flavor over time).