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