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Bow Tie Pasta Salad

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Today’s post is a great summer time pasta salad.  It’s light, loaded with flavor and a nice change from the bacon and ranch pasta salads that are at a lot of summer gatherings.  It takes just a little while to make, a little linger to refrigerate and it won’t last long on the table. 

I suggest to plate this on a bed of triple washed baby spinach.  It makes a healthy, tastey green background to place this colorful salad on.  Give it a try!

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bow-tie pasta
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, choppped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 3 ounces pine nuts, toasted (see below)
  • 8 ounces red wine vinaigrette (see below)

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.  Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water.  Drain extremely well.

Combine pasta, vegetables and pine nuts in a large bowl.  Pour the red wine vinaigrette over the pasta mixture and toss to coat.  Chill lfor several hours before serving.  Makes about 12 servings.

Toasted Pine Nuts

To toast the pine nuts, heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high.  Add nuts and cook for 30 seconds, shaking or stirring constantly, being careful not to burn.

Red Wine Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a blender, food processor or in a bowl using a whisk, combine the red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, Dijon mustard, and pepper.  With the machine running or whisking vigorously, slowly pour in the olive oil, blending to combine.  Adjust seasoning to taste.  Enjoy!

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Categories : Soups and Salads

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