Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Caprese Pasta Salad

I made this salad for a cookout that we had recently. It was very well received so I thought I'd share it with all of you. I believe it came from the Food Network magazine.

Now might be a good time to admit that I, personally, did not try this salad. Brace yourselves for this declaration....I don't like tomatoes. I know, I know, terrible, isn't it? They look so delicious, but as they enter my mouth, no, can't do it. (Somewhere my Italian ancestors are crying out in horror. LOL)

I'm taking a gamble here sharing something that I haven't tried, but like I said, it was well received by my tomato loving family.

Caprese Pasta Salad

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
2 pounds mixed heirloom tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 pound pasta, such as campanelle (I used this), penne or fusilli
12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (if you're anything like me, you'll have to clench your jaw tight not to eat all of this before it hits the salad! lol)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (I used less)
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Add sugar, if desired (depending on the sweetness of your tomatoes). Add the tomatoes and gently toss. Marinate at room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. (I like mine al dente) Drain in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

Add the pasta and mozzarella to the tomato mixture and toss. Stir in the basil and lemon zest, and season with salt & pepper. Refrigerate, tossing occasionally, until serving.

Good, simple ingredients & a cinch to make. What's not to love? (I won't answer that.)


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  1. kind of salad. I bet it was a huge hit!

  2. Yummy Gina...The salad looks amazing. I'm a big tomato lover...Now! I wasn't before though. It wasn't until my daughter started showing intrest in the kitchen and decided to add it to just about everything. Love, love, love sun dried tomatos. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a wonderful day my dear friend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  3. I don't like tomatoes either! I love ketchup, tomato soup, and tomato soup, but not fresh tomatoes! :)
    I have just had fun reading some of your older posts. VT looked fun, and love the shade and chandy!
    LOL on the shelp tri,. I have tons of it from when I taught. Years ago my mom used to put trim on her shelves, then the door closed so no one saw it! It was the thing to do when I was a kid!
    I used to buy the wide rolls of cotton ribbon when it was on sale and use that for bulletin board borders. Much cheaper, and I could roll it up and reuse. I gave it all to the younger teachers when I retired.

  4. I love tomatoes,,,so thanks for sharing Gina! I like how Americans call BBQ's cook outs .... :) Have a great day!

  5. The salad looks yummy! My husband doesn't like tomatoes, either!

  6. Oh Gina I love every ingredient and would not even tweek it!


  7. Love the twist of using pasta. Can't believe you don't like tomatoes!

  8. I used to be that way about tomatoes, too, but now I can eat them in other foods, but I still can't eat them by themselves....

    Your salad looks delicious, so I know everyone else loved it!


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