roasted pepper pasta salad

Aug 30, 2010 by

summer is a great time for pasta salad of any kind.  since i live in the south now, i get a whole lot of summer weather, which means that i get to try lots of pasta salad recipes.  this is one was featured on the cover of a recent food network magazine and the bocconcini really grabbed my attention.  (i can’t imagine why… :)) adapted slightly from food network magazine 12 oz. rigatoni 2 bell peppers, halved, stemmed and seeded 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1/3 c almonds 1/3 c evoo 1 lemon 8 oz. bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves torn pre-heat the broiler to high.  bring a pot of salted water to boil.  add the pasta and cook as the label directs.  drain and rinse under cold water to stop...

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strawberry spinach salad

Apr 5, 2010 by

when you first see the ingredients to this salad, you’ll think eww.  that sounds awful.  but it’s not.  it’s quite delicious.  in fact, it was the first ranch dressing free salad i ever liked! 2 pkg. fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried 1 1/2 qt. fresh strawberries, sliced dried cherries slivered almonds dressing: 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 c apple cider vinegar 1/2 c sugar 1/2 c vegetable oil 1 tbsp poppy seeds 1 tbsp sesame seeds in a large serving bowl, toss together the spinach, strawberries, cherries and almonds.  refrigerate until ready to serve. in a salad dressing shaker, combine all ingredients shaking well.  refrigerate until ready to serve. when ready to serve, toss salad with dressing.* *if you’re not planning on eating the salad in one sitting, i would not recommend tossing the dressing...

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