Yesterday was Zach’s actual birthday and all the food from his birthday dinner on Sunday was gone so I made him another pasta salad which was just as good if not better than the first one. The tomatoes in my garden are finally staring to ripen so I used a bunch in this salad, so yummy! It comes from My Recipes.
6 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
4 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1 pound pasta
1 large shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
3 cups (1 pound) cherry tomatoes or chopped Roma tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 pound Mozzarella balls, quartered or halved (I chopped up the rounds of Mozzarella that I had from Costco)
2 tablespoons Parmesan
1 Cook pasta according to package directions.
2 Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in shallot, garlic and tomatoes. Let marinate for 10 minutes while pasta is cooking.
3 Add cooked and drained pasta to bowl and toss gently then add basil, Mozzarella and Parmesan and toss gently.