Winter Pasta Salad
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    Default Winter Pasta Salad

    Winter Pasta Salad


    Recipe Description
    This is a spicy salad (adapted from The Pasta Salad Book by Nina Graybill & Maxine Rapoport) that is big on flavor and made with veggies available year round. The pickled vegetables may be too spicy for some, I use a mild giardiniera and I just leave the Pepperocini peppers (if they have them in it) for hubby to eat.
    Great for summertime picnics because it can sit out at room temp.
    Preparation Steps:
    Original recipe asked for a small jar of sliced Pimiento and I don't think it adds much for the money so I omit. The dressing called for 3/4c. oil and that is too much for my tastes so I cut way back and used my immersion blender to whip it up.
    Level of Difficulty:
    Easy
    Time Needed:Ingredients:
    8 oz. twist pasta
    1 lb. broccoli florets
    9 oz jar Pickled Italian Vegetables (Giardiniera), drained

    Dressing:
    1/3c. olive oil
    3T wine vinegar
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1tsp Dijon mustard
    s&p to taste
    Serves:Directions:
    Cook pasta adding broccoli the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain, rinse in cold water and place in serving bowl.
    Add pickled veggies.

    In separate bowl mix dressing ingredients, slowly adding the oil.
    Add dressing to salad, mix, taste & add s&p if needed. Let stand at room temp for flavors to blend.




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    That sounds good.

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    It sure does... I love macaroni/pasta salad any way I can get it. Definitely putting in my to-try file.

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    This sounds delicious, thank you . I will have to make this on the weekend.

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    mmmm-I will definitely try it--thanks !!

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    thanks for sharing. I also added it to my file of recipes to try.

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    If you don't have/want the pickled veggies you can substitute your fav veggies. Unfortunately we opened the jar of giardiniera yesterday when making the salad, it didn't pop and had some fuzzy stuff around the edge so in the trash it went & we had to improvise with what was on hand. In addition to the broccoli we had some canned green chili's, black olives, roasted red pepper and cauliflower. BTW the recipe also tastes good chilled.




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    Yum! I'm always looking for something different. Good to know you liked it with the substitutions, too. Thanks.

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