It's time to make a salad again, but not in the traditional sense. A cold pasta salad is a nice lunch and quick and economical to make, for example using your excess pasta. This salad is light but also filling and you don't need many ingredients either.
Pasta (I used fusilli but you can use some other pasta as well)
A few leaves of fresh basil
A tin of green olives
A handful of pine nuts
Vegetarian pasta cheese (Parmesan equivalent)
Boil the pasta until it's soft and let it cool down. Chop the olives into half and the basil leaves into smaller pieces and grate shavings of the vegetarian pasta cheese. You could also try using other cheeses, such as mozzarella.
Put the pasta into a bowl. Add the olives, pine nuts, cheese and basil. Mix them all together. Season with some salt and pepper.
Finally glaze the salad with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir. Done.