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Summer Pasta Salad

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 2/3cup Yield: 16 side-dish servings
Prep 40 mins Chill 8 hrs to 48 hrs  + 4 to 24 hours
Summer Pasta Salad
Ingredients
  • 8  ounces  dried lasagna noodles, broken into 3-inch pieces, or 3 cups dried bow ties or penne pasta
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  clove  garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2  cups  fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 8  ounces  cubed fresh mozzarella cheese or bite-size fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1 1/2  cups  thinly sliced yellow summer squash and/or zucchini
  • 1  cup  chopped tomato, halved cherry tomatoes, and/or halved grape tomatoes
  • 2  ounces  thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into bite-size pieces, or salami, halved and sliced (optional)
  • 1  cup  arugula or fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2  cup  thinly sliced, halved red onion or sliced green onions
  • 1/2  cup  pitted ripe olives, halved pitted kalamata olives, or sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives (optional)
  • 2 - 3  tablespoons  slivered fresh basil
  • 1  recipe  Red Wine Vinaigrette
Directions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. In a very large bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Add pasta; toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

2. In a large saucepan cook green beans in a large amount of boiling water for 5 minutes; drain and let cool. Add green beans, mozzarella cheese, squash, tomato, prosciutto (if using), arugula, onion, olives (if using), and basil to pasta. Add Fresh Herb Vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours before serving.

From the Test KitchenFall Pasta Salad:
  • Prepare Summer Pasta Salad as directed, except substitute 2 cups cubed roasted butternut squash,* 1 cup fresh whole kernel corn or broccoli florets, and 1 cup bite-size strips red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers for the green beans and summer squash. Substitute cheddar, smoked cheddar, or Gouda cheese for the mozzarella cheese. Substitute 1 cup torn kale for the arugula or spinach. Use the salami option. Substitute 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme for the basil. Use Fresh Herb Vinaigrette for dressing, using cider vinegar for the vinegar and a combination of hazelnut oil and olive oil. *To roast squash, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Halve, seed, and peel half of a butternut squash; cut into 1-inch cubes. Toss squash cubes with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Place cubes in a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until squash is tender and brown.
  • Nutrition analysis per serving: 297 calories, 7 g protein, 18 g carbohydrate, 22 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 3 g total sugar, 57% Vitamin A, 41% Vitamin C, 359 mg sodium, 13% calcium, 6% iron
Winter Pasta Salad:
  • Prepare Summer Pasta Salad as directed, except substitute 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets and 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets for the green beans and summer squash. Substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the mozzarella cheese. Substitute snipped fresh oregano or dill for the basil. Add 1/2 cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, chopped, and 1/4 cup oil-pack dried tomatoes, drained and chopped. Use the green olive option.
  • Nutrition analysis per serving: 267 calories, 6 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 21 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 10% Vitamin A, 49% Vitamin C, 354 mg sodium, 13% calcium, 6% iron
Red Wine Vinaigrette
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  olive oil
  • 1/3  cup  red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, rice vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1/4  cup  shallots, finely chopped
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh oregano, thyme, or basil or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, thyme, or basil, crushed
  • 1  tablespoon  Dijon-style mustard or 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2  teaspoons  sugar
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground black pepper
Directions

1. In a screw-top jar combine olive oil, vinegar; shallots, fresh or dried herb, mustard, sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover; shake well.

From the Test Kitchen
  • If using fresh herbs, cover and store the vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If using dried herbs, cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The olive oil will solidify when chilled, so let vinaigrette stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using. Stir or shake well before using.
Nutrition Facts (Summer Pasta Salad)
  • Servings Per Recipe 16,
  • cal. (kcal) 245,
  • Fat, total (g) 19,
  • chol. (mg) 10,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 14,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 11,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 5,
  • vit. A (IU) 515,
  • vit. C (mg) 7,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 46,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 290,
  • Potassium (mg) 139,
  • calcium (mg) 114,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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