½ C extra virgin olive oil
1/3 C organic lemon juice
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. sea salt, optional
1 t. lemon pepper
1 t. Italian seasonings
1 t. black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound bowtie or spiral whole grain pasta, cooked tender but firm
1 cucumber, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 medium red onion, chopped
½ C. fresh parsley, chopped*
8 oz. Feta or Romano cheese, from organic goat or sheep’s milk, optional

Whisk all of dressing ingredients together. Toss ½ of dressing with warm pasta. Add cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and remaining dressing to pasta. Toss to coat well. Gently fold in cheese (optional).

Can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Best served at room temperature or slightly warm.

Note: you can make extra dressing and add to pasta for more flavor which we always do! If so, add before you fold in the cheese.

*Use FRESH parsley. The dried variety just isn’t the same.