Greek pasta salad


Makes 4 servings

This salad will keep for up to 1 day before serving. Because the pasta absorbs the dressing, it's best to toss the salad with just half of the dressing; refrigerate the remainder separately and add to the salad just before serving. This salad makes great picnic fare. And for dessert: juicy orange slices sprinkled with shelled, salted pistachios.

For the pasta

6 ounces corkscrew pasta (rotini)

For the dressing

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 
¼ cup fresh lemon juice 
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste 
1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste

To complete the recipe

1 (6-ounce) can solid white tuna packed in olive oil or water, drained and broken into large chunks 
1 cup grape tomatoes 
½ medium cucumber, quartered lengthwise, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch slices 
1/3 cup coarsely chopped red onion 
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped 
1 (2-ounce) can sliced pitted ripe olives, drained 
1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese with peppercorn 
Freshly ground pepper for garnish

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the tuna, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, artichokes, and olives.

When the pasta is done, drain well. Rinse with cool water; drain again. Add to the salad mixture and toss.

Garnish the servings with feta cheese and pepper.