Balsamic Vegetable Pasta Salad

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Lunch, Dinner Pasta 15-30 min 8+

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Balsamic Vegetable Pasta Salad

Description

Please your summer picnic guests with these easy recipe for a tasty balsamic vegetable pasta salad.

Ingredients

Pasta Salad:

  • 8-oz. (4 cups) bow tie or rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 cup cut fresh green beans or asparagus spears (1-in. pieces)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into short, thin strips
  • 1-3/4 cup (7-oz.) Sargento® Fine Cut Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tsp. sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Cook pasta according to package directions adding beans and bell pepper during the last 3 minutes of cooking.

In a large bowl, combine oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper; mix well. Drain pasta and vegetables; rinse with cold water and drain well. Add to bowl and toss with dressing. Add 1-1/4 cups Sargento® Fine Cut Shredded Mozzarella Cheese and tomatoes; toss again. Serve at room temperature or chilled, topped with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and parsley.

NOTE: Diced cooked chicken or ham may be added to the salad. Bottled balsamic vinaigrette may be substituted for the last five ingredients.

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