Sunday, August 06, 2006

Perfect Pasta Salad

Salads are refreshing, coming upon a woodland spring, clear and cool. Beauty will be the reward of your understanding touch. And health benefits will abundantly bless your table through the precious vitamins and minerals of crisp, sparkling salad ingredients.
-Betty Crocker 1950

This salad has infinite variations and can be prepared with ingredients that are easy to have on hand. These qualities make it exceptionally lovely.

Perfect Pasta Salad

2 cups uncooked whole wheat pasta
16 oz frozen vegetables (california mix anyone?)
1 14.5 ounce can beans (garbanzo or black beans are nice)
1 cup cubed mozzarella
sun dried tomatoes, olives, (or whatever bounty your cupboard may provide)

1 cup olive oil
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2-4 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
3Tblsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Add pasta to at least 3 quarts of rapidly boiling salted water. While the pasta cooks dump the frozen vegetables, beans and anything else that could use a good rinse into a colander. Whisk together the dressing. When the pasta is properly cooked dump it into the colander and rinse the whole mess thoroughly with cold water. Let drain. In a large bowl mix together the pasta/ beans/veggies with the dressing and any extras that you are adding. Refrigerate salad for a few hours to enjoy the best flavor.


Anonymous said...

wow - sounds like Betty Crocker really found her niche! thanks for ANOTHER GREAT recipe! & it's nice to see the face to the name - you know like you could have actually been "David Anderson" POSING as Evidee or something - don't even get me started. have a nice day.
Bedrock, NH

Anonymous said...

who's "david anderson"? Where's Eviedee?

eviedee said...

Apparently this David Anderson is some sort of Canadian politician. What I don't understand is WHY he would be trying to impersonate me online. Perhaps his life is too exciting. Take a walk on the mild side Davee!