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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This is the pasta salad I served for the bridal shower post earlier this week.   Keep in mind that the picture is the recipe tripled. I also used whole wheat pasta, you can use any type pasta you like.  Great easy recipe, and a  hit with pasta lovers.


ImageMediterranean Pasta Salad                                   yields 6-8 servings


1 lb. pasta

1/4 C balsamic vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

1/3 C diced sundried tomatoes (oil packed for better flavor)

1 (14.5 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and diced

1/4 C fresh basil, chopped

2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped

1/4 C diced red onion

3/4 C Kalamata olives, sliced

4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled

1/2 C fresh grated Parmesan cheese


Whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to taste in small bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil to make a smooth dressing, set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (1Tbsp salt).  Add pasta and cook until al dente; drain, then pour pasta into a large bowl.  While the pasta is still warm, pour a couple of tablespoons of the dressing over the pasta and toss so it doesn’t stick together as it cools.  Let it cool at room temperature.  Toss occasionally.

After pasta has cooled, add the sundried tomatoes, artichokes, basil, onion, olives, oregano, and toss.  Add the dressing and toss again until the pasta is evenly coated.  Add the cheese and toss. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Bridal Shower Brunch


Crustless Egg Quiche and Mediterranean Pasta Salad.  Labeled each with placecards I bought at Michaels & added wedding color.

Caprese Sandwiches, unfortunately only got one poor photo of these yummies.  They were individual sliced baguettes open faced with slices of tomato, basil and fontina cheese melted under broiler with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction on top.

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Dessert table consisted of some antique crystal cake plates stacked on top of each other for height and I needed a large platter for the cookies.  All I had was an ugly pizza tray!  I covered it in white wrapping paper, and   wa-lah… a platter for beautiful cookies.  Truffles were made with white chocolate and milk chocolate.  Oreo cookie recipe. I will post later, super duper easy!


Each table had pictures of the bride and groom and this dessert table had a particularly funny one of them hiding out and eating a carton of ice cream


Beverage station with iced tea and spa water  with crystal and glass wine and champagne glasses with tags for each girl to put her name on.  I had mother of bride contribute her glasses with mine, and we had enough for a pretty table.


Mimosa station with champagne and orange juice with fresh strawberries.


A little tulle goes a long way, nothing says “wedding” like tulle.   I really needed to soften my patio structure and this did the trick.


Since the bride is not a big fan of flowers and she happens to be having her wedding and reception outdoors at a lemon packing plant, I decided to use lemons to decorate the tables. We had a number of these on tables throughout with pictures of the bride and groom sitting in the center of arrangement.


Goodie bags for guests as they leave with a thank you note from the bride and groom.