This Mediterranean Pasta Salad packs a lot of amazing flavors into each bite. From the peppery taste of fresh arugula to the salty appeal of Kalamata olives, preserved lemons and feta cheese, there is nothing bland or boring about this dish. Yet, its strong flavors aren’t overwhelming because they are tempered by the satisfying addition of penne pasta and fresh herbs.
This robust salad has enough presence to serve as a light, yet satisfying, main course – or it can act as the perfect complement to more neutral dishes, like grilled chicken breast or a mild white fish.
Weird ingredient alert! You can use fresh or preserved lemons to make this recipe. I recommend trying the preserved lemons because they add more intense flavor. You can either buy a container of preserved lemons (affiliate link, I may receive a commission for any purchase made through the link) or easily make your own (in about a months time).
A word of caution, however, if you use preserved lemons, taste before adding additional salt. With the olives and feta you may not want any more.
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