Hot pasta salad with flash-fried courgettes, tomatoes, garlic & oregano

Serves: 4 as a side Prep time: 10 (plus extra to make vinaigrette) Cooking time: 10 - 12 minutes

This summer pasta salad packs a real punch, and that’s in large part due to all the flavour bound up in the caper & toasted pine nut dressing. The dressing has a lovely brine-y note from the salty capers, roasted nutty flavours from toasted pine nuts, and a little umami depth from some anchovies, though they are optional. The white wine vinegar brings vivacious acidity that makes the whole salad sing!

Courgettes and cherry tomatoes are at their very best in the summer months and this recipe is best enjoyed outdoors with friends… at an alfresco feast, a pot-luck BBQ, or even a picnic. The salad is very robust and will happily transport in a Tupperware.