Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sun Dried Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad


Are you looking for a healthy summer salad alternative? If so this ones for you! These are my absolute favorite flavors of summer. I love cold pasta salads but they are often covered in a high calorie dressings or mayo. This is a lovely alternative and looks super pretty to! 




Just look at the list of super yummy ingredients. Whole grain pasta with tomato, onion, spinach, olives, and garbanzo beans {for a little bit of a protein boost} all mixed together with delicious sun dried tomato dressing. Score!

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Ingredients
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup oil from the sun dried tomatoes

1 box whole grain rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions and rinsed with cold water to cool

1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered

1 can garbanzo beans, drained 

1 cup black olives

1 small red onion, chopped

2 cups baby spinach

1 container fresh mozzarella pearls

1 cup fresh basil, sliced into ribbons

Directions
Add sun dried tomatoes to blender and pulse until in smaller pieces. Add the vinegar and oil. Set aside.

Add the cold pasta to a bowl along with the halved tomatoes, garbanzo beans, olives, onion, spinach leaves, fresh mozzarella pearls and basil ribbons.

Toss with dressing to coat.
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3 comments :

  1. I always love a good pasta salad and when I came across this post it really appealed to me. It sounds delicious!!!! I did my grocery run yesterday and got the ingredients I was lacking in the pantry. This will go well with my Memorial Day cookout and it looks like a salad I will prepare again and again. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Carolyn

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  2. We will just love your Sun Dried Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad. Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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