Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese


8 ounces pasta (rigatoni, or pasta of your choice)

3 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped

2 scallions, chopped

10 black olives, pitted and chopped (Kalamata, if available)

4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled


2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

3 Tablespoons olive oil


1 teaspoon dried basil

Honey Tips

Honey Is Magic

In the days before biology and botany were understood, people thought it was a special kind of magic that turned flower nectar into honey.


Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook. Drain, rinse under cold water, drain well again. In a large bowl, gently toss together cooked pasta, chopped tomatoes, scallions, olives and goat cheese. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegars and dried red pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil, honey and basil. Toss dressing gently into pasta mixture. To make into a main dish salad, add 2 cups of cooked, diced chicken or turkey. Serves 4.