I actually brought this pasta salad to a barbecue over labor day…so yeah, been awhile since I posted/really cooked…but with work crazy right now, I am lucky if I make cereal for dinner! And instead of cooking today and building up a few reserve posts, I have spent it on the couch, watching football and per usual yelling at the television . Maybe tomorrow…
Anyways, sometimes you just need something quick and easy to throw together for a party or get together. This pasta salad is super easy and requires minimal time and ingredients. So it’s perfect for a last minute dish to bring along to a friend’s house.
First things first, make the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, prep the dressing by combining vinegar, oil, garlic and oregano in a container.
Then combine with the tomatoes and a large bowl and let marinate while the pasta cooks.
Once the pasta has been drained and cooled, combine with the tomatoes. Add in the mozzarella as well and stir to make sure everything is nice and combined. Salt to taste.
Let the pasta salad chill until ready to serve. Before serving add in the basil.
That’s it. Simple, easy and delicious!
If you are going to a large get together, simply double the recipe and you are good to go. The salad will also keep for a day or two in the fridge, but after that it will probably go bad due to the dressing.
Tomato Basil Mozzarella Pasta Salad (own recipe)
8 oz spiral pasta of some kind
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp oregano, dried
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup basil, chopped
2 oz mozzarella, fresh, cubed (1/2 cup)
Salt to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions
Drain pasta, set aside
In a container with a secure lid, combine vinegar, oil, salt, garlic and oregano; shake well to combine
Put tomatoes in a large bowl, dress with above mixture and toss to coat
Add in pasta and mozzarella, mix well
Salt to taste
Chill pasta salad
Add in basil right before serving
Yields 4, 1 cup servings