Summer Garden Pasta Salad with Olives and Feta
Why This Recipe Works
To extend the shelf life of our pasta salad recipe, we boiled the pasta in salted water until fully tender, which prevented it from developing a tough, chewy texture when chilled and gave it more flavor. Tossing the hot pasta with a portion of the vinaigrette, rather than letting the pasta cool off first, made the salad more flavorful. To moisten the salad, we landed on the idea of adding pasta cooking water to the dressing, which increased its volume without overpowering the flavors in our pasta salad recipe..