Italian Summer season Pasta Salad (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)

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This recipe is a combination of a number of pasta salads I grew up consuming. It has an Italian taste profile with numerous basil, tomatoes, Italian sausage and figs, however I add extra texture and colour with loads of greens, some grilled, some uncooked. They’re all chopped as much as make a recent salad that’s a tremendous dish even with out the pasta. However add the pasta (grain-free should you please), and also you’ve obtained a hearty lunch that’s summer time in a bowl.

Salad Bowl | White Bowl | Kitchen Hand Towel

To me, the important thing right here is utilizing shell pasta. I’m a giant fan of Banza pasta noodles, that are grain-free and excessive in protein, however you should use any shell pasta you want. I at all times salt my pasta water earlier than cooking and — secret tip — I additionally add a splash of both white wine vinegar or pink wine vinegar, which infuses much more taste within the pasta.

You in all probability haven’t seen many pasta salads that function recent figs. They are often delicate and tougher to seek out, however I prefer to go off the standard script and embrace them on this salad. In fact you don’t have to make use of figs, but when yow will discover them in season, they add a honeyed taste that’s fully welcome right here.

Over on the grill, I add sliced zucchini and mushrooms for that smoky taste, after which throw on the Italian sausage till it’s cooked by with some good grill marks. To spherical out the principle components, I chop up some uncooked yellow bell peppers and candy Vidalia onion for sweetness and Castelvetrano olives (my favourite) for saltiness.

Chris Loves Julia | I Chris holding a bowl of Italian Summer Pasta Salad

Salad Bowl | Wood Serving Spoon

For the dressing, the secret is to infuse the French dressing with the flavors which are already within the dish. So I add the remaining grilled vegetable and sausage juices, lemon juice and zest, olive brine, honey, and dijon mustard to some fruity olive oil for a balanced and scrumptious French dressing.

Chris Loves Julia | I Close-up on Chris holding a bowl of Italian Summer Pasta Salad

All of it will get tossed collectively in a serving bowl, and it’s able to serve. This pasta salad simply appears like a Mediterranean getaway. It’s filled with taste and colour, and it’s a feast for the eyes. Plus, it’s simple to move for a picnic or BBQ. Let me understand how you want this one; I hope it makes it into your repertoire as a summer time staple.

Supply: Mad About The Home

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