20 April 2014

Rocket and Mozzarella Farfalle Salad

 

I made this salad for lunch on Wednesday. 

I am good to myself sometimes.

You see I had to treat myself because Wednesday was housework and catching up online day. By lunchtime I really needed a treat!

It was so good, but so simple. Bow pasta, rocket, peas, spring onion, sweetcorn and mozzarella in a mouth watering honey mustard dressing.  It was perfect for using up that half ball of mozzarella and some leftover sweetcorn in the fridge. 


There was no one around to marvel at my wondrous salad, so I'm sharing it with you my vicarious readers. I hope you enjoy it.

Are you craving salads now Spring is here or are you like me swinging between salads because Spring is here and soups and stews because it is still blooming chilly at times? I have the heating on right now. My fingers were going a bit numb while I was typing, so I had to give in and turn it on.

UPDATE: It warmed up since I started writing this morning. We had a glorious sunny Easter Sunday in St Andrews. Here are a few photos of our day.


Now back to the salad.........





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Rocket and Mozzarella Pasta Salad
A fresh Spring salad with a honey mustard dressing.
Ingredients
  • a good handful rocket leaves
  • 50g farfalle (bow) pasta
  • 25g frozen peas
  • 25g sweetcorn (frozen or fresh)
  • 50 - 75g fresh mozzarella (half a ball)
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp wholegrain mustard
  • ½ tsp honey
  • a good grinding of black pepper
Instructions
1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Pour in the frozen peas and frozen sweetcorn, if using, a minute before the end of cooking time. Rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. This stops it going claggy.2. Place the rocket in a bowl and top with spring onions.3. Pour in the pasta,peas and sweetcorn, then tear the mozzarella into chunks and add.4 Whisk up the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.5.Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 1


I am linking my salad up to a few challenges:


1. No Croutons Required
2. Extra Veg - Hosted by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours & Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food
3. Four Seasons Food (Spring) - Hosted by Delicieux and Eat Your Veg
4. Pasta Please (Olive Oil) - Hosted this month by Slice of Me
5. No Waste Food Challenge - Hosted by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary and Jibber Jabber UK

33 comments:

  1. I find myself swinging between salads (when they arrive in the veg box) and hearty stews with chunky bread too. I'm really hoping we get a nice summer this year! Lovely looking recipe, thanks for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge! :)

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    1. It is a bit back and forward isn't it. The saying "Ne'er cast a clout till May's oot" is very true, you just don't know what the weather will be like.

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  2. What a LOVELY recipe Jac and I also LOVE all of the photos too! Happy Easter to you all! Karen xxx

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    1. Thanks Karen and Happy Easter to you too!

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  3. looks good jac. There are moments when I could almost be a veggie - and those moments do seem to coincide rather a lot with reading your blog!

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    1. What a nice thing to say Fiona, thank you :)

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  4. Great combination of flavours! I'm going to make it soon for lunch at work ;)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it Sylvia. I loved it.

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  5. Your Mozarella looks totally lush Jac, is it a special one? I do love a simple spring salad, especially one with goodies like these. Gorgeous plate too, and lovely pics of you and Cooper. Glad you're enjoying a little Scottish sun.

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    1. The salad was just a thrown together one, but still rather special and we did enjoy the sun.

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  6. I do enjoy a good bowl of pasta salad as the weather gets warmer and love all the spring green colours on your plate. This would be a fab addition to this month's In My Veg Box challenge, as April's theme is onions. Farfalle pasta is one of my favourite pastas. The ribbons look pretty on a plate.

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    1. Ahh no I thought of that, but then thought no onions, but of course I have spring onions.

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  7. Oh this sounds so good - love the use of the rocket.
    Mary x

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    1. I am a big fan of rocket Mary, although my hubby really doesn't like it and Cooper won't entertain any salad leaves.

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  8. Simple, healthy and delish. OH is kindly planting me some rocket at the moment so will be able to try this one soon.

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  9. That looks wonderful, I can't get enough of mozzarella, I much prefer it cold and fresh rather than melted on pizza!

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  10. A lovely recipe from you, the lighter flavours are perfect for the Spring/Summer season x

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  11. Sounds delicious... I'll send the wife out to get the ingredients! (That's a joke, I am perfectly capable myself.) :)

    Great blog.

    www.thedadnetwork.co.uk

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    1. Quite right too. So a nice treat for your wife then?

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  12. Jac your pictures in this post are absolutely stunning, some of my faves from you so far. The recipe is itself fresh, juicy, lively and spring-like. Lovely, lovely x

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    1. Thanks Deena, what a kind thing to say :)

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  13. that is a beautiful salad - so nice to eat well when eating solo - and I especially love the dressing

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  14. So refreshing Jac. I'd eat that for lunch any day, even though I am still waiting for spring here. And, your pictures are lovely indeed.

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    1. Thanks Lisa and I hope spring arrives soon :)

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  15. Such a useful honey mustard dressing made from store cupboard ingredients. Thanks for linking up with this month's No Waste Food Challenge.

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  16. I am just like you - eating salad one day then shepherds pie the next with the weather fluctuating. Love the look of your salad and especially the dressing with the sweetness of the honey in there. Thanks for sharing with Four Seasons Food. x

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    1. I wish the weather would settle Anneli, we could do with more sun :)

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  17. Fabulous pasta salad recipe Jaq,eay and quick and loveeee your food photos. Spring is here but yes the heating does seem to be in use more often than not grumble grumble...!It was fun hosting the #PastaPlease challenge for April Thanks!

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x