Basil Cashew Nut Summer pasta Salad

 

I'm not sure about you, but as a busy mom, I'm always looking for new ways to get a nutritious dinner on the table quickly. 
This Basil Cashew Nut Summer Pasta Salad perfectly captures everything wonderful about summer... Crisp, fresh vegetables with a fun crunch and vibrant, beautiful colours. If you don't have a garden, or If you need to use up some veggies, this simple pasta salad is the way to go!

It's a big hit with our little Naioni too 😍🤞!!! This is ideal for a hot summer day like today. 🌞
It can be made ahead of time and served for lunch, a light dinner, or as a side dish. It's always a success.

Ingredients

  • 1 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2  cup chopped cucumber
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • Cashew Nut soaked
  • 1/2 cup leaves fresh basil
  • 2 cups Any Pasta I prefer Tri colour 
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste (optionol)
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Dried Oregano 
  • Pinch Red Chilli Flakes.

Preparation Method:

  1. Stir tomatoes, cucumber, onion, 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and basil together in a bowl.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, Drain. Keep it a side.
  3. Now grind soaked cashew, olive oil and basil to smooth paste.
  4. Now in a large toss warm pasta with basil cashew paste,  tomato cucumber mixture and season with salt, black pepper, red chilli flakes and oregano. 
  5.  Garnish with Basil leaves.