4 June 2016

Pasta salad with oak smoked tomatoes

Sometimes I really like to have a good homemade pasta salad and this one is an extremely easy and quick to make. It's a great addition to any salad buffet at a party or just lunch on its own. It's very tasty thanks to the oak smoked tomatoes, olives and basil.

If you can't get hold of these oak smoked tomatoes by the Isle of Wight Tomatoes, you can substitute with sundried tomatoes or even with fresh or roasted tomatoes, and perhaps season them with oak smoked sea salt to get a little bit of smoky flavour. The purple basil can also easily be substituted by green basil, it just adds more colour to the dish. I was so delighted to find purple basil plant at the shop. I hope it will live on for a while, as it's a very fragrant basil.


250 g Fusilli Bucati pasta
90 g oak smoked tomatoes
1 small can green olives
125 g buffalo mozzarella
Fresh purple and green basil leaves
Handful of toasted pine nuts
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Good quality olive oil to taste


Cook the pasta, cool down and set to side.

Cut the olives in halves and tear the mozzerella into pieces.

Combine the ingredients and season.

You can also drizzle some of the oak smoked oil from the tomato packet into the salad.


I'll share the recipe with Pasta Please hosted by Thinly Spread and co-hosted by Tinned Tomatoes.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Your VegHog


  1. This is what I love about the summer, proper soft herbs that elevate a humble dish to something more elegant. Lovely.

    1. Yes, it is so great to have many fresh herbs available, the plants really like this weather.

  2. Smoked tomatoes and purple basil sounds very fancy and I love your purply photo

    1. They are quite special ingredients, I'm happy to have them.


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