Two of mine that have been a success:
Smoked salmon pasta salad
spring onions or leek
sour cream or natural-flavored yoghurt
Amounts of all ingredients: on a “well, I like this, so I’ll add more” basis.
Boil the pasta and let it cool. Put the pasta in a bowl, add smoked salmon (the more the better, but remember to take out the bones). Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top. Add cucumber chopped into fairly large bits, halved cherry tomatoes, and some chopped leek or spring onions.
Mix some lemon juice, mustard, black pepper, and a pinch of salt and sugar with the sour cream or yoghurt. Mix this sauce in with the salad just before you serve it, otherwise the pasta will suck it all in. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and dill.
1/2 grilled chicken
4-5 tablespoons of pesto (or more, if you like)
one red onion, chopped into thin slices
pine nuts, preferably toasted
(small chunks of honeydew melon or peaches)
Boil the pasta, throw it into a bowl, throw everything else in, season. Grate parmesan on top.