Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fresh Vegetable Pasta Salad

A great dish for a potluck or BBQ, or as a side for any grilled meat.

Although it calls for many different fresh herbs, if you don’t have one or two of them on hand, don’t let it stop you from putting this pasta salad together.

About 3 good servings

2 large handfuls of Ditalini pasta (or any pasta of your choice)
½ small red onion, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
3-4 radishes, diced
¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
1/2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 Tbsp fresh basil, sliced
1 Tbsp fresh chives, minced
2-3 oz of Pepper Jack or Cheddar cheese, cubed

2 Tbsp EVOO
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp water
1 large clove of garlic, minced
½ tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix cooled pasta, veggies, herbs, cheese and toss with dressing. If the pasta seems a little dry, drizzle with more EVOO and toss.

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