Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New, improved pasta salad

Just when I thought I had found every variation of pasta salad in existence, I came across a fabulous new recipe.  I made it for a crowd that gathered at our house on Labor Day, and it was a hit.  The recipe is a variation of Pasta Salad Vinaigrette in a cookbook by the Assistance League of Santa Barbara.

Let me say that the main reason I'm reluctant to post a lot of recipes is that my pictures never  turn out that great.  And it's nice to have a photo to go along with the recipe, don't you agree?

So, just keepin' it real here.  .  .this is a photo of the not-quite-finished salad, because I forgot to take a picture when it was done. 

Here's my prep area, yep, I'm a messy cook.

Most importantly, here's the recipe. . . the only ingredient I had to buy, that I normally wouldn't have on hand, is the tarragon vinegar.  It was only a couple dollars though, and gave the salad a nice flavor.

PASTA SALAD VINAIGRETTE
8 ounces bow-tie pasta
Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
2 carrots, grated
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
11 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup diagonally cut snow peas
Red grape tomatoes (optional, but adds a nice color)
1/2 cup (or more) grated Parmesan cheese 

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; rinse and drain. Add the Vinaigrette, toss and coat.  Let cool.  Add the carrots, parsley, mushrooms and snow peas.  Add the cheese and toss.  Chill and serve.

VINAIGRETTE
1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup half & half
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Combine the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, egg and cream in a bowl and beat well.  Add salt and pepper, mustard and sugar and mix well.

Bon Appetit!

3 comments:

Mereknits said...

It looks totally yummy! Hugs,
Meredith

Rizzi said...

I LOVE ALL KINDS OF PASTA....ANY WHICH WAY.....BUT PASTA SALAD IS ESPECIALLY NICE IN THE SUMMER.....IT LOOKS REALLY YUMMY....I MAKE IT IN THE WINTER TOO.....CAN'T GET TOO MUCH PASTA.....HAVE A GREAT DAY.......
LOVE YA....AUNT RIZ

Susanne said...

My family loves pasta salad! That looks different and yummy!