Monday, May 25, 2009

I am always looking for fast, easy and fresh pasta salads. I love making a big bowl to keep in the fridge for lunches and I love a big bowl in the cooler for road trips. My obsession with pasta salad started with AnnD and her love of "Suddenly Salad".
Please post any favorites that you may have. Here are two of mine . . .

Yummy Pasta Salad #1 (pictured above)

1 box of your favorite pasta
Boil pasta according to package directions, as water begins to boil, add 2-3 cloves of garlic. Save garlic to use later in dressing.

1/2 cucumber diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1 can olives sliced
small chunks of fresh mozarella
handful of fresh chives chopped
handful of fresh basil chopped

juice of 1 lemon
2-3 TBS white wine vinegar
crushed garlic (from pasta water)
1-2 TBS olive oil
salt and fresh pepper to taste

Wisk dressing ingredients well and pour over pasta, veggies and herbs. Toss.

Pasta #2

1 box of angel hair pasta cooked according to package directions

8-9 roma tomatoes
1 can black olives sliced
large handful fresh basil chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parmesean cheese

soak tomatoes and olives in the vinegar, oil and salt and pepper up to 2 hours. Pour over pasta, toss well and sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve cold.


Ann Dee said...

Of course I remember. I'd make a box, sit out on our balcony and eat the whole thing myself. Suddenly Salad. Caeser. It's still my favorite but I add some tomatoes and cucumbers for variety. Sometimes some chicken. Macy's asian chicken pasta salad is good. I'll try to think of some others.

ktb said...

Kim - a picture posted. I'm so proud

ktb said...

I'm eating Suddenly Salad right now.