bruschetta pasta salad

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Mikekey *
from Seattle, WA

The flavors of bruschetta in a salad. Great for picnics or potlucks.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Fresh tomatoes and basil give this pasta salad a fresh flavor and mimic the flavors of a Caprese salad. Yum! It's different than most pasta salad recipes. Boiling the pasta in the seasoned water adds a ton of flavor to the pasta. There is not a ton of dressing in this salad - just enough to coat the pasta and give everything a nice tang from the balsamic dressing. We loved the nuttiness and slight crunch toasted pine nuts give the pasta salad. You can serve this as a light summer dinner or a BBQ side dish. If you chill this salad, we recommend mixing in a little more oil and vinegar. The pasta really soaks up the dressing.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4 Reviews
serves 4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For bruschetta pasta salad

  • FOR PASTA:
  • 4 qt
    water
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder (not salt)
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried Italian herbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    salt
  • 10 oz
    dry pasta (rigatoni, penne, farfalle, etc.)
  • FOR BRUSCHETTA:
  • 1/2 c
    roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 3 md
    fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 c
    crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1/4 c
    toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 c
    chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil)
  • 3 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make bruschetta pasta salad

  • Seasoning added to a pot of water.
    1
    Place a pot with 4 quarts of water on high and add garlic powder, dried Italian herbs and salt.
  • Draining cooked pasta.
    2
    Once the water comes to a boil add the pasta and boil till the pasta is "al dente" (approximately 8-10 minutes). Drain all of the water from the pasta (don't rinse) and place in a bowl to cool.
  • Basil and tomatoes added to the bowl.
    3
    Chop fresh basil and tomatoes. Then add to the bowl of pasta.
  • Remaining ingredients and dressing added to the bowl.
    4
    Toss in all remaining ingredients.
  • A large bowl of Bruschetta Pasta Salad.
    5
    Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.
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