The Green Goddess Pasta Salad – A Scrumptious Summer Recipe

Social media can truly be a great place to find inspiration for new food. Inspired by the green goddess salad from Baked by Melissa, this recipe retains all the main textures and flavors combined with delicious pasta shells. The dressing is what really makes the dish so wonderful, but feel free to customize it with different green veggie choices or some fresh parmesan cheese!

The Green Goddess Pasta Salad - A Scrumptious Summer Recipe

The Dressing Ingredients

For the delicious dressing you will need:

  • Half a cup of olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • A cup of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 and ¼ cups of basil leaves
  • ¼ cup of cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A third of a cup of grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • A teaspoon of salt
  • Half a teaspoon of black pepper

The Pasta Ingredients

The remaining ingredients to complete the recipe:

  • A pound of medium pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 and ½ cups of frozen peas
  • 12 stalks of green asparagus chopped into half-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces of pitted and roughly chopped green olives
  • 1 cored and thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • 3 thinly sliced scallions
  • 3 tablespoons of finely chopped chives

Time to Put the Dish Together

Add a tablespoon of salt to a large pot of water and bring it to a boil. In the meantime, zest the lemons and set the zest aside. Juice the lemons and pour three tablespoons of lemon juice into a blender. Add the olive oil, spinach, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, cashews, salt, and pepper. Blend until you see a smooth consistency.

Put the pasta into the boiling water from before. Two minutes before the shells are cooked, add the frozen peas and asparagus. Once cooked, drain the pot through a colander. Rinse with cold water. Leave it to drain. In a large bowl, combine the cooked shells and veggies with the scallions, chives, lemon zest, olives, and fennel. Pour in the dressing. Toss to coat everything evenly. Season to your taste!

A Wonderful and Easy Samosa Recipe for a Memorable Appetizer

If you enjoy exciting flavors and are looking for a delicious appetizer for your next dinner party, this samosa recipe could be a great fit! These scrumptious fried pastries are typically filled with onion and lamb, and quite easy to prepare. Serve with a tomato and chili sauce or a delicious cilantro and mint chutney to elevate the flavor further!

A Wonderful and Easy Samosa Recipe for a Memorable Appetizer The Necessary Ingredients

The dough ingredients include:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 3 quarters of a cup of water

For the samosa filling you will need:

  • 1 pound of lamb (or beef, if you prefer)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup of leek sliced into rounds
  • A tablespoon of olive oil and additional oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper
  • Half a teaspoon of cumin and paprika each
  • A third of a teaspoon of Allspice

Making the Dough

Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl and start adding the water a few teaspoons at a time. Use your hands to combine until the dough comes together. The dough should neither be sticky nor crumbly. When you get the desired consistency, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and set the dough aside.

Prepping the Filling

 samosa filling Add a tablespoon of oil to a pan over medium heat. Saute the leeks and onions for a few minutes and add the seasoning. Using a spoon to break up the meat, add the lamb to the pan. Remove from the heat once the meat is fully browned.

Preparing Each Samosa

Flour a clean countertop surface and roll out your dough as thin as possible. Cut the dough into 4-inch squares. Put about a tablespoon of filling on each square and brush the dough edges with water. Fold the diagonal corners to meet and form a triangle, using your fingers to press the edges together. Heat up oil in a pan and fry each samosa on each side until they brown. Place them on a plate with paper towels to dry.