Cheese, vegetables, basil and garlic make a coulourful, nutritious pasta salad perfect for a light picnic lunch.
*Tossing hot pasta in a dressing helps the flavours to be absorbed.
*The best pasta shapes to use for salads are spirals (fusilli), bows (farfalle), small tubes (penne), shells (conchiglie) and wheels (trulli). Or use Chinese egg noodles.
*For a good balance of tastes and textures remember to match the quantity of pasta to prepared vegetables and seafood, chopped meats or vegetarian alternatives.