Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pasta Salad with Balsamic Dressing

This was great, my little girl helped me make it and when it was done she kept sneaking bites of pasta.  This is a huge dish, but the great thing about that is that I have some left for lunch today.  It is slightly sweet so you could cut back a little on the sugar if you would like but we loved it the way it is.

1 box Gemelli Pasta (1 lb) cooked according to package (or your favorite pasta - penne, twist, bow tie)
8 oz Feta, crumbled
1 large Cucumber, peeled, cut bite size 
1 pint Cherry or Grape Tomatoes (sliced in halves or quarters)
1/2 cup Red Onion, chopped

Sweet Balsamic Dressing:
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil or Canola
1/3 cup Sugar
3 tablespoons good Balsamic Vinegar
1/8 teaspoon Dry Mustard (or a little squeeze of yellow mustard)
Few twists of Fresh Cracked Pepper Or use 1/8 tsp of Reg Ground Pepper

Whisk all the ingredients together, until sugar and oil are blended.  
It takes a few minutes for the oil and sugar to blend.  
Keep will blend!
Make pasta according to package, rinse in colander with cold water, drain.
Top with feta and veggies.  
If you plan to serve the entire salad at once, top with desired amount of dressing and toss.  
If you plan to have the salad over a few days, top with dressing individually. 

*Adding chicken to the salad can make it into a quick meal. 

Raegan Mirick's photo.

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