Hello all– What is the easiest, freshest, yummiest way to have friends in for dinner in the summer?? A big bunch of Bible study friends came couple weeks ago for a salad/dessert pot luck. As they trickled in the door, brimming bowls of chicken salad and fresh fruit and Asian slaw… lined up in the kitchen. Plus pies– beautiful pies!
We sat down with plates full and settled into easy conversation that you have with old friends. Love a summer evening with these ladies.
And this was my salad contribution– so much flavor from the sun dried tomatoes and garlicky salami, played against chewy pasta and creamy fresh mozzarella. I think it would be good on your summer able too.
ANTIPASTO SPINACH PASTA SALAD
8 oz. Cellentani pasta (or your favorite pasta)*
3 cups spinach leaves, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/3 cup red onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 cup cured olives
1 cup fresh mozzarella balls (or cubed)
4 oz. salami, cut to pieces
14 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup parmesan romano cheese, grated
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package (mine was 11 minutes in boiling water). Drain, rinse and cool the pasta to room temperature in a large bowl.
Add in the spinach, red, pepper, red onion, dried tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, salami and garbanzo beans.
To make the dressing, put the olive oil, white balsamic, cheese and salt & pepper into a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well until it’s all blended. Pour over the salad and mix to coat all the ingredients with dressing.
Stick it into the fridge until you’re ready to serve it up!
*I used Barilla Cellentani in the blue box– nice and chewing and soaks up the dressing.