Tomato Basil Pasta Salad
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Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Serves: 4 – 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ripe cherry tomatoes are super sweet and especially kid-friendly. Make this pasta salad for your end of summer picnics using the last of the in-season tomatoes.

2 cups cooked whole wheat bowtie pasta, chilled
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup sliced black olives
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup fresh basil, finely shredded

Combine the chilled pasta, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and Parmesan cheese in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, and dried basil. Slowly add the vegetable oil while whisking.

Pour the vinaigrette over the pasta. Gently stir until the salad is well coated with vinaigrette.

Mix in the fresh basil just before serving. Basil will turn brown from exposure to the vinegar.

Nutrition information
Per serving: 231 calories, 15 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 247 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Recipe by Chef Garrett Berdan, RD

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