Easy, healthy, fresh Apricot & Date Pasta Salad is just in time for summer! I love this salad as a family meal, for all-day snacking, for entertaining…cold or warmed up, it just works every which way!
Summers are flushed with stone fruits. The hotter it gets, the sweeter and juicier they get. As much as I revel in baking with them, I adore them in savoury dishes too, like this Apricot & Date Pasta Salad. The combination of sweet with salty is a total winner for me. And no, don’t worry, you’re NOT eating a dessert or a fruit salad. No wayyyy! Once you hit the fruit and dates with some salt and olive oil, they turn into flavour bombs!
This salad has the kick from coarse black pepper, heat from smoked paprika and gosh, how herbalicious is it with loads of fresh mint, basil and thyme! The herbs go in here in place of regular salad greens…well its monsoon season here and we aren’t getting very good leafy vegetables. So the garden came to the rescue..with abundant mint and basil growing all over! But yes, please add some lovely rocket and baby amaranth leaves if you have access to them.
While this salad served us well as a main dish as is, you can easily add some protein to make it heartier. Serve as a side to grilled chicken, shrimps or tofu ( paneer would be great too). Like cheese? Throw that in too! It’s a breeze to make and an absolute crowd pleaser. Go ahead, make it quickly before the apricots go away for the year!
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