Saturday, 7 January 2017

Avocado & Pasta Salad with Garlic Dip Dressing

A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity;
It should make perfect sense for those ingredients to share a bowl. 

-Yotam Ottolenghi

Many summers ago, when I was still a youngling, I couldn't for the life of me figure out why the women in my house oooooohed and aaaahhed over a bowl of uncooked green leaves and then some.

Every weekend during summer break my sweet parents would diligently take me for a kiddie flick, which would then posolutely be followed by a trip to a little cake shop across the theater that even housed a long salad bar. My mother would then mix and match ingredients and dressings, and her eyes would light up like a child in a candy store.

The same tale then echoed at home by my grandmother and her sister, and the three of them would then drift off into a world of their own, something on the likes of Willy Wonka's Salad factory if there ever was one....

Years later, as youth passed and responsibilities set in, I the self confessed salad loather had a change of heart. Greens stated calling out my name, cold cuts beckoned me from their deep frozen depths and fresh uncooked produce became my new go to comfort food.

Combining this new found love for salads and deep grained love for olives I bring to you this classic Pasta Salad with Garlic Dip Dressing, it promises satisfaction in every bite.

Here's the recipe,
Serves: 1

You will need:

50 gms pasta of choice
2 tbsps chopped olives of choice
4-5 cherry tomatoes
1 avocado (peeled and diced)
1 tbsps chopped greens of a green onion.
Salt and pepper powder to taste.
Chilly flakes (optional)

For the dressing I used 2 tbsps of my Herbed Garlic Dip recipe you can find it here 


Boil the pasta, with a pinch of salt, once done rinse, wash with cool tap water and set aside.

Next in a large bowl toss the prepared pasta along with olives, tomatoes and the avocado.

Add in the Herbed Garlic Dip dressing and mix well.

Sprinkle with pepper powder, greens of a green onion and some chilly flakes for a pungent pop.

Scoop out into a pretty salad bowl and devour!


  1. This one is sheer gorgeousness Pari !!! Love such simple, fuss-free and totally healthy recipes :) !! Highly recommended


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