Whenever I go to my husband's friends' birthdays parties, the hit salad is always 'Makarna salatasi'. Turkish really like pasta dishes and many of them compare Turkish and Italian cuisines. Anyway, I love all the mix of vegetables or pasta, if it only tastes good! This recipe is one of my favourites ( I have about 5 favourite pasta salad recipes... hope to share one day... :) ), really simple and a lot of improvisation can be done!!!
What we need:
400 gr of boiled pasta ( I used whole wheat fusitti)
200 gr of pickled mushrooms
200 gr of boiled or roasted chicken ( a good way to use leftovers!)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
some parsley and spring onion
2 medium cucumbers
salt and pepper
mayonaise or yoghurt for dressing
What we have to do:
1. Cut cucumber, red and green bell peppers into cubes. If necessary slice mushrooms, chop parsley and spring onions.
2. Boil pasta and leave it to cool.
3. Cut chicken into cubes.
4. Mix all the ingredients, season with salt and pepper and thyme. Add dressing and serve.
It's also very delicious to add a drizzle of lemon juice... it even makes it taste better!!! Sometimes I also add boiled peas or sweet corn.