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Courgette & Feta Pasta Salad

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This is a lovely light salad that tastes of summer. If making it for vegetarians, you can use vegetarian feta, which is guaranteed to contain no rennet.

Serves 4

450g (1lb) farfalle pasta or similar
Salt and black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
4 courgettes, peeled into ribbons
400g (2 2⁄3 cups) feta cheese, crumbled 1 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp snipped chives
1 tbsp chopped mint
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2–3 tbsp Vinaigrette

Method
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold running water, then set aside. Place a griddle (ridged grill) pan over a high heat and drizzle in the oil. When hot, add the strips of courgette a few at a time, season with salt and pepper and cook on each side for 1–2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl as they are cooked. Add the pasta, feta, herbs and lemon zest, drizzle with the lemon juice and vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Vinaigrette

A successful vinaigrette depends on getting the right proportions of oil, vinegar and mustard to make a smooth emulsion. Follow this recipe and you won’t go wrong.

Serves 4

1 tsp Dijon mustard
Pinch of caster sugar(optional)
Salt and black pepper
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
6 tbsp sunflower oil

Method
Place the mustard and sugar (if using) in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Continue whisking while adding the vinegar and then the oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Store in a Kilner or screwtop jar and shake well before using.

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