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Since this simple Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes contains no mayo, it’s perfect for a picnic or pot-luck when it might sit out for a while.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook according to package directions. When cooked, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Shake to drain well. Pour into a large bowl; add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, celery, and green onions. Stir to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 teaspoons reserved sun-dried tomato oil, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over salad; add parsley; mix well. Allow to sit at room temperature for 20 - 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
LindySez: Try these variations: 1. Add some coarsely chopped marinated artichoke hearts. 2. Add some crumbled Feta or diced mozzarella cheese.
Pasta salad, picnics and BBQ’s just go hand in hand.
During the summer months, when everyone wants to be outdoors, I start thinking of all the different pasta shapes and how I can incorporate them into a great tasting side salad. This recipe for Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes fits the bill as being a great tasting side salad.
And it’s fairly low-fat and low-calorie to boot!
You can use any pasta shape you like, from elbows to bow-ties, to small shells. I prefer these little small shells as their size and shape allow you to get all the wonderful components of the salad into your mouth in one bite giving you tons of flavor. Since this salad contains no mayo, it’s perfect for a picnic or pot-luck when it might sit out for a while.
So whether it’s Memorial Day or Labor Day, or any day in between, this salad is the perfect salad to accompany your BBQ or grilled delights.
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