One of my favorite summer pasta salads comes from the Barefoot Contessa Family Style cookbook. Ina Garten always comes through with easy and “wow” flavor recipes and her Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes does not disappoint! It’s packed full of flavor and beautiful color, making it a perfect salad to bring to any cook-out party or enjoy it as a main dish with a glass of wine on your deck.
|Fusilli or Rotini Pasta||1/2 lb.|
|Grape Tomatoes, halved||1 lb.|
|Kalamata Olives, pitted and diced||1 cup|
|Fresh Mozzarella, medium diced||1 lb.|
|For the Dressing:|
|Sun-dried Tomatoes in oil, drained||5|
|Red Wine Vinegar||2 Tblsp.|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||6 Tblsp.|
|Garlic clove, diced||1-2 cloves|
|Capers, drained||1 tsp.|
|Kosher Salt||1 tsp.|
|Freshly ground black pepper||3/4 tsp.|
|Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese||1 cup|
|Fresh Basil Leaves, roughly chopped||1 cup|
1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water with a splash of olive oil to keep it from sticking together. Boil for according to package directions. Drain well and allow the pasta to cool. Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
2. For the dressing: combine the sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, capers, salt, and pepper in a food processor until almost smooth.
3. Pour the dressing over the pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and basil. Toss well and serve.
I usually make this salad early in the morning and allow it to come to room temperature before I serve it.