Spaghetti Salad with Balsamic and Basil Dressing

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Gretchen ***

By
@gcolie

Basil is plentiful in the garden now and I love the way it pairs with the pungent-sweet flavor of balsamic vinegar. This is very good with grilled chicken but delicious all by itself. You could make this with any pasta that you have on hand.
Enjoy!

Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Serves:
6-8
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
No-Cook or Other

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This pasta mimics a Caprese salad, so if you love those flavors you'll adore this salad. With fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and basil it just screams summer. We love how the pasta soaks up the tangy balsamic flavor from the dressing. This will be a great side or even a light meal on a hot summer day. For a beautiful presentation, serve on a platter with some fresh basil torn on top and impress your family and friends.

Ingredients

SALAD

8 oz
spaghetti, broken into thirds
6 oz
mozzarella cheese, diced (1 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 c
diced tomatoes
1/2 c
diced Vidalia onion

DRESSING

1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 c
balsamic vinegar
5-6
fresh basil leaves, chopped
1
garlic clove, minced
1 tsp
sugar
1/4 tsp
Italian seasoning blend
1/4 tsp
salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to Make Spaghetti Salad with Balsamic and Basil Dressing

Step-by-Step

  • 1Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on the package.
  • 2Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • 3In a bowl, combine cooked and cooled pasta with the remaining salad ingredients.
  • 4In a small jar with lid, combine dressing ingredients. Shake well.
  • 5Pour over salad and toss to coat. Chill for 8 hours or overnight.

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About Spaghetti Salad with Balsamic and Basil Dressing

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy