fresh grated Parmesan or Agiago cheese
Italian Spiral Pasta
small red bell pepper
small yellow pepper
small green pepper
small withe onion
small, firm zucchinis, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
cherry tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
fresh mozzarella cheese cut into 1/4' inch cubes
Spanish green olive slices
black olive slices
In This Recipe
To make the dressing, whir together in a blender at slow speed the olive oil, white wine vinegar, Spanish olives brine, kosher salt, cracked black pepper, green onions and parmesan cheese. The dressing should be slightly less thick than mayonnaise. Place dressing in jar to chill.
While salad dressing is chilling, prepare the Italian spiral pasta according to directions on package for al dente. Drain pasta in colander and rinse several times with ice water. Let pasta drain while preparing the fresh mozzarela with herbs, and while the vegetables are being prepped.
Clean and seed and chop the peppers, the onion, the zucchinis, and the garlic. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise.
Mince the fresh basil and the oregano. Cut the mozzarella into 1/4 inch cubes, and then roll the mozzarella around lightly into the freshly cut basil and oregano, collecting as much of the fresh herbs as possible into the cheese pieces.
Place the cooled and drained pasta into a large salad bowl and carefully stir in the prepped vegetables. When vegetables are well distributed, sprinkle the top of the salad with the herbed mozzarella pieces. Distribute the olive slices over the cheese pieces, and then sprinkle with the balsamic vinegar according to taste. Toss all ingredients gently until all ingredients are well distributed. Cover the bowl and chill one hour before serving.