Summertime calls for pasta salad, warm-weather friend and dinner staple. Simple and flexible and fast, you just need some good tomatoes and possibly some cheese and you’ve got a meal.
But pasta salad wasn’t on the menu this particular night. Instead I decided to get creative.
Now, I know I’ve said that I want to keep my meals simplified, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Sometimes I look at ingredients that I have assigned for one dish and decide they need to take life in another.
Such was the case last week. I saw the zucchini that I was planning to use in the Roasted Zucchini Pasta with Ricotta, which I love but didn’t want to heat up the oven to make, and thought they could be put to better use. I started gathering other items laying around the kitchen to form a new idea. I didn’t want to make the same-old variety pasta salad that you find at any pot-luck. I wanted something a little jazzy. Something with a solid garlic foundation.
Here is what I had at my disposal (fresh garlic not pictured):
Doesn’t the basil look so fresh?
And so I created this: Pasta Salad with Cannellini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. I like it because, with the addition of Cannellini beans, it can stand alone as a hearty vegetarian meal or be served as a side dish.
We ate it with a side of watermelon and that rosemary olive oil bread from Costco. Divine.
Pasta Salad with Cannellini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1 package pasta (your choice), cooked according to directions
1 zucchini, quartered and sliced
1 (15 oz) can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 TBS. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned
In a large serving bowl, toss all ingredients with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing.
SUN-DRIED TOMATO DRESSING: In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 4 TBS. balsamic vinegar, 2 TBS. sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 clove of garlic. Blend until smooth.
- All ingredients are approximate. I need to make this again and see if anything needs to be tweaked. I’d love your feedback, if you make it!
- I think you could add another zucchini and still be happy