Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Italian Pasta Salad...perfect for summer.

When the weather gets warm who wants to eat heavy, fried, starchy, or hot foods. Not me that's for sure. One thing i love about summer salads is how easy they are to throw together, how different you can make them and how lite but filling they are.

I'm one of those cooks that just cooks. No recipes, and usually always switch things up a bit. So this time i took a traditional italian pasta salad and switched it up by throwing in fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and capers. This combination is really pleasant. The little citrus zing the capers lend to the marinated sun dried tomato is a match made in heaven. I especially LOVE the fresh mozzarella.
While my tri color rotini noodles cook i mix up some capers, sun dried tomato, minced garlic, basil, with a splash of EVOO.
Mix it a round real good and let the flavors blend.
After the noodles are done, drain them, rinse them with cold water, add to the bowl and mix in the cheese. Then you can either add in some more olive oil, vinegar, and spice or cheat and add your favorite italian dressing.
 
This is great for family bbq's, parties, or even lunch. Its even better the next day you will just have to add in more dressing to freshen it up.