My Favorite Meal of the Week – Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Continuing from my post last Sunday, here is another great recipe for a Fourth of July BBQ! I used to think I didn’t like pasta salad, but turns out, I just don’t like the traditional mayonnaise based ones. But if you take out the mayonnaise, I’m a big pasta salad fan. A friend had made one last year for the Fourth that I loved, and after a lot of research I think I found a similar one.

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Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients
Dressing-
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I ran out and did half regular vinegar, and totally tasted fine)
1 tablespoons drained capers
2 garlic cloves

Pasta-
1 pound fusilli pasta
2-3 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into small pieces
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped

1. Put all of the dressing ingredients in a Cuisinart and pulse until smooth. Set aside.

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2. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the hot pasta and mix. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, and olives. Season with salt and pepper.

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3. You can make this ahead. If you’re having a big party (or want leftovers), make double. I just did one batch and there were no leftovers (which I was really sad about)!

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