Italian Pasta Salad
This pasta salad recipe tastes like summer, like Italy, like Tuscany. An aromatic Mediterranean pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella and our secret ingredient, this delicious salad is the perfect accompaniment to any buffet. This Italian pasta salad can easily be prepared and taken along to the next BBQ party or instead enjoyed as a lunch in the office. Feel free to prepare this recipe using your favorite type of pasta. But we think fusilli and other short pasta varieties, such as farfalle or penne, simply fit best.
2 cups (½ of 16-oz. pkg.) fusilli
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups arugula
½ cup pine nuts
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
8 oz. mini mozzarella balls
2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. Pasta Allrounder
Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente as directed on the package.
Drain the warm pasta, then place it in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and Pasta Allrounder; mix lightly. Cool the pasta completely.
Wash the rocket, then pat it dry. Reserve it for later use.
Without oil or fat, roast the pine nuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally to make sure the pine nuts don’t burn.
Add the pine nuts to the pasta along with the tomatoes, mozzarella and vinegar, then mix the ingredients lightly. Refrigerate the salad for 1 hour.
Stir the rocket into the salad just before serving.
Cooking Tip: For an extra kick you can add crispy bacon or sausage to the salad just before serving.
ITALIAN PASTA SALAD: WITH ROCKET AND PINE NUTS FOR EXTRA FLAVOR
This Italian pasta salad is perfect for scoring points with your guests at your next party or barbecue, filling up your picnic basket or for a tasty summer lunch. With cherry tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls and fresh rocket, this salad is delicious on summer days and is sure to be loved by the whole family. And thanks to our Caprese Topping, you'll be dreaming of the Mediterranean in no time!
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- Serving Size
- 1 serving
- per serving
- 41 grams
- 36 grams
- 21 grams