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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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(NC) - This colourful sensation will be a favourite of family or guests. Tote it on a picnic or pack in containers for brownbag lunches.

Ingredients:

  • Salad:
    Mediterranean Pasta Salad

    • 1/2 lb penne noodles 250 g
    • 1 1/2 cups sliced Bick's Baby Dill Pickles 375 mL
    • 1 red pepper, cut in julienne strips 1
    • 1 green pepper, cut in julienne strips 1
    • 1 1/2 cups salami, cut in julienne strips 375 mL
    • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped 1
    • 1 1/4 cups coarsely shredded zucchini 300 mL
    • 1 cup diced cheddar or mozzarella cheese 250 mL
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley 125 mL
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onion 125 mL

  • Vinaigrette:

    • 1/3 cup olive oil 75 mL
    • 1/4 cup Dill Pickle juice 50 mL
    • 1 large clove of garlic 1
    • 1 tbsp dried basil leaves 15 mL
    • 1 tsp salt 5 mL
    • 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves 1 mL

Directions:

Cook noodles until al dente; rinse and drain well. Transfer to large salad bowl and mix with remaining salad ingredients; toss lightly.

Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette. Mix well. Pour over salad and toss. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Cover and chill up to 24 hours until serving.

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Serving Size: Makes 8 - 10 Servings


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