Avocado Pasta Salad
Avocado pasta salad with tomatoes, garlic and a few kalamata Olives and you've got the makings of a beautiful Italian pasta salad recipe.
Avocados are full of secret benefits as well as being so rich, creamy and delicious. They say if you eat an avocado a day it will keep the wrinkles away!
Aside from the nutritional benefits of avocado they are truly delicious and are the perfect addition to any cold Italian pasta salad.
The trick is to add the diced avocado to the pasta just before tossing.
Avocado Italian Pasta Salad Ingredients:
1 lb. Trottole or Top Pasta shape
3 ripe but firm avocados
2 cups diced tomatoes
½ cup finely diced white onion
½ cup chopped Italian Parsley
½ cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste
Juice of ½ a lemon (optional)
4 tbsp Olive Oil or enough to coat the Italian pasta salad
Cook the pasta al dente, rinse under cold water and set aside.
Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
Cut slices horizontally and then vertically across the meat of the avocado while it's still in it's skin.
Take a large spoon and scoop out the avocado closest to the skin. This will leave you with diced avocado.
Now dice the tomato, onions, pit and slice the kalamata olives and chop the Italian parsley.
COOKING HINT: Don't add the avocado until you are ready to serve.Add everything but the avocado into a large bowl with the pasta, add the salt and pepper, lemon juice and Olive oil and toss together.
When you are ready to serve this Italian pasta salad recipe add the avocado and toss together. This prevents the delicate avocado meat from getting to mushy.
Now you have a beautiful Avocado pasta salad that you and your guests will enjoy by itself or as a side dish.
Ready to make an avocado pasta salad with an herb pesto sauce? OR try any of my exciting pesto recipes such as pesto Siciliano made with fresh tomatoes and mint!