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Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

"This is a great pasta salad for a potluck or picnic since there's not any mayo!"

Health Highlights: Not only does this fresh pasta salad make the perfect offering for your next get-together, but it includes plenty of nutritious ingredients for any health-conscious eaters. Tomato: According to a study from the University of Montreal, a tomato-rich diet may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Bell Pepper: These bright and flavorful veggies are known to help with weight loss since they are low on calories and can be used as an alternative to salty and processed snacks. Garlic: One study from the National Cancer Institute discovered that eating 10 grams of garlic each day could lower the risk for prostate cancer. Ingredients:

  • 1 (16oz) pkg. bow-tie pasta

  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, quartered

  • 7 oz fresh mozzarella, cubed

  • 1 medium sweet yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped

  • 1/2 cup of pickled banana pepper rings

  • 1 (2 1/4 oz) black olive slices

  • 8 slices salami, chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly shredded


  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

  • 2 drops Basil essential oil


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse in cold water.

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients leaving dressing until last.

  • Mix dressing ingredients in a blender until emulsified.

  • Toss dressing with pasta until coated. Cover and refrigerate for one hour to allow flavors to mingle.

  • Serve in a large bowl and enjoy!