Pasta Salads...love or hate? I fall into both categories depending on how they are prepared. Limp overcooked pasta with soggy vegetables and drenched in dressing? Hate. Perfectly cooked al dente noodles lightly tossed in a delicious fresh vinaigrette with crisp, in-season vegetables? Love.
I feel like I am invited to a potluck lunch or dinner every week and often look to this recipe as my offering. The pasta salad fits the "Love" category and is always a crowd pleaser. Sweet yellow or orange bell pepper, spicy fresh baby arugula and mild spring onion look beautiful and tastes great. It's a keeper. Enjoy!
Pasta Salad With Arugula, Bell Pepper & Spring Onion
1 lb tubular pasta (any shape you like)
1/4 lb baby arugula
3 spring onions, chopped (white and green parts)
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, divided
1-2 tablespoons chile infused olive oil
Bring a large pot of salted water to a high boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions ensuring you do not overcook noodles. Using a strainer, remove pasta and add to a colander. Rinse pasta in cold water, drain and add to a large bowl. Set aside.
Stir arugula into the bowl with pasta. Add spring onions, bell pepper and garlic.
Toss with 3/4 of the vinaigrette. Chill for 1 hour.
Remove from the fridge, stir in 1/4 cup of the pine nuts and remaining vinaigrette. Taste and add sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the chile oil drizzled over the top and the remaining 1/4 cup pine nuts sprinkled over the salad.
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 shallot, minced
freshly ground black pepper
Place 2/3 cup olive oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot, and a large pinch each salt and pepper in a lidded mason jar. Shake until combined.
It is "Pasta Salad" week at Food Network's Sensational Sides roundup. Do you have a favorite pasta salad recipe to share? Please list (or link) in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network.
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