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Fresh Spring Pasta Salad

April 10, 2010

Fresh Spring Pasta Salad

Where oh where have we been? In the last 2 weeks, we’ve had visitors, taken a trip, and have barely had any time to cook at all, let alone cook anything worth posting! As we approach the warmer months, our lives take us places (such as outside) and things get busy. I apologize profusely for the unexplained shortage of posts, but I’m glad to say that we are back this week and have interesting recipes to come. We had our (sadly shrinking) book club this week, and we also had some unseasonably warm (90 degrees!) weather. Given the warmth and the people coming over, I wanted to do a nice fresh-tasting pasta salad to complement. This was quite tasty, and easy to boot. Make sure to use the freshest ingredients you can find for this, as there is not much to cover them up otherwise. Enjoy with a glass (or two) of your favorite wine!

Fresh Spring Pasta Salad (Serves 5-6)

  • 1 10-ounce box of whole wheat pasta, such as rotini or fusilli
  • 3 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, cut in half cross-wise then cut into small wedges
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil, cut into Chiffonade
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1/4 lb)
  • 1 shallot, halved, cut into very thin slices, separated
  • 1/2 block Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
  • 1 tbsp. dried spice blend (such as Italian or Greek)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook pasta per package directions, rinse thoroughly with cold water until pasta is cold to the touch, and drain completely. Set aside.
  2. In small mixing bowl, combine vinegar, spice blend, and a healthy pinch each of salt and pepper. Whisking vigorously, add olive oil in a slow stream.
  3. Combine tomatoes, shallot, green beans and basil in large bowl. Pour in dressing and pasta, and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and drizzle remaining olive oil over salad. Mix to distribute cheese evenly, adjust seasoning if necessary and serve immediately.
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