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AVOCADO MUSHROOM PASTA SALAD WITH TOMATO DRESSING

Avocado Mushroom Pasta Salad is a hearty, flavourful versatile salad. Enjoy it as a light meal. Perfect as a picnic salad or for parties.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Light Meal, Salad
Cuisine International
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

FOR THE AVOCADO MUSHROOM SALAD

  • 2 cups mushrooms (about 200g) cut into chunks
  • 1 cup cucumber sliced or cut into chunks
  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • 1 large avocado peel and cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic chopped or minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup tiny cheddar cheese cubes
  • ½ cup sweet corn cooked
  • ½ cup baby tomatoes cut into halves
  • pinch salt

TOMATO DRESSING

  • ½ cup fresh tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • ¼ -⅓ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp coarse black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano or any herb of your choice

Instructions
 

  • Heat a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the sliced on minced garlic.
  • Stir fry for a few seconds but don't burn the garlic.
  • Add the mushrooms.
  • Stir fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the mushrooms from the pan and put them in a mixing bowl.
  • Allow the mushrooms to cool down a bit.
  • Sprinkle salt over the mushrooms and mix.
  • Peel and cut the avocado into chunks. Drizzle lemon juice over it.
  • Add to the mushrooms.
  • Add all the remaining salad ingredients and mix gently.

PREPARATION OF THE TOMATO DRESSING

  • Heat the olive oil for the dressing in a small pan over low heat.
  • Add the dried herb and tomato puree.
  • Allow the tomato puree to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt, sugar and pepper powder.
  • Mix well and allow the dressing to cool.

SERVING AVOCADO MUSHROOM PASTA SALAD

  • Serve the salad with the dressing on the side or mix the dressing in the salad just before serving time.

Notes

  • If preparing the salad for a party, prepare everything ahead of time and put in the fridge. 
  • Make sure you drizzle the avocado chunks with lemon juice otherwise it will become black.
  • Add roasted nuts of your choice.
Keyword a filling salad, accompaniment, avocado mushroom pasta salad recipe, homemade tomato dressing recipe