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    Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    I just sort of took some recipe ideas and made my own blend here.

    1 box of pasta, I used tri-color rotini, but you could use bow tie, elbow, penne, etc.
    1/2 cup of olive oil
    1/4 balsamic vinegar
    1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    1 1/2 teaspoon oregano (I use oregano out of a jar, but dried would work fine)
    1 1/2 teaspoon basil (same as above)
    pinch of salt and pepper
    1 bell pepper, sliced (I used an orange one so the salad was really colorful!)
    15 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
    1 small jar of artichoke hearts (you could use fresh if you like, I used marinated ones from the jar)
    1/2 cup spinach, shredded
    1/4 cup chopped green onions (more or less depending on your taste)
    1 jar of olives (I used Kalamata, but others would work well!)
    feta cheese, I used a Mediterranean blend

    1. Boil the pasta. While pasta is boiling combine oil, vinegar, and spices and stir to make dressing.
    2. Add all of the veggies into the pasta when it is finished and cooled. Pour dressing mix over the veggie and pasta mixture and toss to coat.
    3. Let sit in fridge for at least 3 hours, I did overnight.
    4. Add feta and toss, then serve!

    You can really mix up your choice of veggies in this pasta salad, whatever you like really. This is how I made it and it was a hit!

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