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Delicious Pasta Salad Recipes
Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad

(Serves 4)


Ingredients:

8 ounces penne , or other medium-size pasta
1 small cucumber, quartered and sliced
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1 avocado, cut into cubes
1 scallion, sliced
1/2 cup mini mozzarella balls

Dressing:
1 garlic clove
10 - 12 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Place the drained pasta in a large serving bowl.  Add the cucumber, tomato, avocado, scallions, and mozzarella balls. 

In a food processor, combine the garlic clove and basil leaves.  Pulse until well chopped.  Add the vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Process until the ingredients are well combined.  Add the dressing to the pasta and vegetables and gently fold to combine.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Spinach and Garlic Pasta Salad

(Serves 2-3)

This is a nice side salad to some grilled chicken or beef.  The garlic favor is very pronounced, so if you're not a garlic lover, cut back on the amount.
If desired, you can replace the spinach with arugula or other tender greens.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup mini farfalle pasta
3 cups spinach leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Drain, rinse with cold water and place in a large bowl.  Coarsely chop the spinach leaves and add them to the bowl along with the onion.

In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together to form an emulsion.
Add the garlic vinaigrette to the spinach mixture and gently toss to coat the ingredients well.
Fregola Salad with Charred Zucchini and Onion

(Serves 4-6)

Fregola is a bead-shaped pasta from Sardinia.
Pearl couscous, orzo or other small pasta may be substituted.

Ingredients:

1 cup toasted or regular fregola
2 (1/2-inch thick) slices onion
1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 3 strips
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 cup arugula, coarsely chopped

Dressing:
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fregola and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fregola is al dente, about 10-12 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and transfer to a large bowl.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the onions and zucchini with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until nicely charred but still crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into bite-size pieces.  Add the chopped vegetables and the arugula to the bowl with the fregola. 

To make the dressing, place the mint, parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil in a small food processor.  Add salt and pepper.  Pulse until finely chopped.

Add the mint dressing to the fregola and gently toss to combine the ingredients.  Serve at room temperature.
Greek Pasta Salad

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

8 ounces farfalle pasta
1 cup broccoli florets
1 medium cucumber, cut into cubes
1/3 cup Kalamata or black olives, sliced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

In a pot of salted boiling water, cook farfalle according to package directions until al dente. Add the broccoli florets during the last 3-4 minutes of cooking. Drain, rinse with cold water and transfer the pasta and broccoli to a large serving bowl.

To make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.

Add the cucumbers, olives and onions to the serving bowl.  Add the dressing and toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and top with the feta cheese.  Refrigerate until serving.
Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad
Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad
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Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad
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Fregola Salad with Charred Zucchini and Onion
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