Bruschetta Pasta Salad

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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


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 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 medium
    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

Step-by-Step

  1. Place a pot with 4 quarts of water on high and add garlic powder, dried Italian herbs and salt.
  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.
  3. Chop fresh basil and tomatoes. Then add to the bowl of pasta.
  4. Toss in all remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.

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About Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #picnic



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