Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Italian-Style Pasta Toss

I love this pasta salad!

7 oz. corkscrew macaroni or one 7 oz. pkg. cheese tortellini
1 and 1/2 cups cubed swiss or provolone cheese (6 oz)
6 ounces sliced salami, cut into strips
1 cup cauliflower flowerets, thinly sliced
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped green or sweet red pepper
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup snipped parsley
1/2 cup olive oil or salad oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 medium tomatoes, chopped

Cook pasta according to pkg. directions. Drain. Rinse with cold water, drain again.
For salad, in a bowl, toss together pasta, cubed cheese, salami, cauliflower, green or red pepper, onion, olives, parmesan cheese, and parsley.
for dressing, in a screw top jar combine oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregeno, and pepper. Cover, and shake well. Pour over salad. Toss to coat. Cover, chill 4 to 24 hours before serving. To serve add tomatoes, and toss gently. 6 main dish servings, or more if a side dish.

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