Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Balsamic Pasta Salad

Here's a great recipe for all that fresh basil coming on in the garden! I got this salad idea from Plates & Palates in Bountiful. It looked so good I had to recreate it, and yummy it is!

12-16 oz. Any kind of pasta (Penne preferably)-Target has cool pasta-I used their Spinach Garganelli-awesome!
Balsamic vinaigrette-I used Newman's, and then added some balsamic vinegar & olive oil for more flavor
Grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Fresh basil leaves, sliced thinly
Fresh parmesan cheese
Pine nuts
Salt to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water until cool. Toss pasta with the rest of ingredients in a large bowl to your taste. Salad is best if it sits in fridge a while or overnight. You may want to leave out pine nuts and cheese if sitting overnight to prevent sogginess, but mine is just fine the next day with everything in it. Serves 8-10. I love this-one of my new favs!


Nik said...

Thanks, Erika! I have been thinking about that salad since we were there!

Nik said...

Erika, I have made this twice in one week! Chris loves it, as do the kids!! Thanks again for writing it down for us!