Herbed Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette


Submitted by Melissa Loughney, Texas

"This is a great pasta salad for a potluck or picnic since there's not any mayo!"
 
Health Highlights:
Not only does this fresh pasta salad make the perfect offering for your next get-together, but it includes plenty of nutritious ingredients for any health-conscious eaters.
 
Tomato: According to a study from the University of Montreal, a tomato-rich diet may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.[1]

Bell Pepper: These bright and flavorful veggies are known to help with weight loss since they are low on calories and can be used as an alternative to salty and processed snacks.[2]
 
Garlic: One study from the National Cancer Institute discovered that eating 10 grams of garlic each day could lower the risk for prostate cancer.[3]
 
Ingredients:
1 (16oz) pkg. bow-tie pasta
2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
7 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 medium sweet yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup of pickled banana pepper rings
1 (2 1/4 oz) black olive slices
8 slices salami, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly shredded
 
Dressing:
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 drops doTERRA Basil essential oil
 
Directions: 
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients leaving dressing until last.
  3. Mix dressing ingredients in a blender until emulsified.
  4. Toss dressing with pasta until coated. Cover and refrigerate for one hour to allow flavors to mingle.
  5. Serve in a large bowl and enjoy!
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Herbed Pasta Salad

Servings: 18

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

1 (16oz) pkg. bow-tie pasta
2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered
7 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 medium sweet yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup of pickled banana pepper rings
1 (2 1/4 oz) black olive slices
8 slices salami, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly shredded

Dressing:
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 drops doTERRA Basil essential oil

Instructions:

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients leaving dressing until last.
3. Mix dressing ingredients in a blender until emulsified.
4. Toss dressing with pasta until coated. Cover and refrigerate for one hour to allow flavors to mingle.
5. Serve in a large bowl and enjoy!

Tips:

Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve, to maintain freshness.

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