Besides being super easy to make, it’s a nice change from the typical mayo-heavy pasta salad that everyone’s used to.
Confession: When I was in high school I worked at a specialty foods shop called Chez Cheeze.
Apart from being knowledgeable about all the cheeses available, I also had to make fresh sandwiches to order. One of the biggest perks, however, was getting to take home all the food that was no-longer deemed totally fresh.
Every week I’d eye the balsamic pasta salad, hoping that people wouldn’t buy it so I’d be able to take it home on Saturday evening. And with that, I figured out the easy recipe and started making it myself.
By the way, a year of working at a cheese shop helped me gain … 15 lbs. Ugh.
Colorful Balsamic Pasta Salad
Time: 30 min
- 1/2 pound of rotini pasta
- 4 large bell peppers of various colors (to keep things… colorful)
- 1 cup of sun dried tomatoes
- 10 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Add a teaspoon of salt to a medium sized sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Add 1/2 pound of rotini pasta and cook until al dente (be cautious not to cook beyond al dente).
Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water until no longer warm.
Chop peppers, sun dried tomatoes, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese into 1/2 inch pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to mixing bowl and toss the veggies and cheese until they’ve all become immersed in the mixture.
Add pasta to the mixing bowl and toss until pasta is coated. Add more balsamic vinegar and EVOO to taste.
The pasta salad can be eaten immediately. Put any remaining salad in tupperware and place in fridge.
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