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smoked mozzarella pasta salad
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5 from 1 vote

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

This smoked mozzarella pasta salad is bursting with flavor and color! It’s the perfect vegetarian side dish to toss together for picnics, summer lunches or days when you want something cool and and fulfilling. And it's inspired by Whole Food's famous pasta salad.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: pasta, Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: herbs, honey roasted root vegetables, lemon, mozzarella, pasta salad, smoked, zesty

Ingredients

for the marinade

  • 1 cup mayo divided
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parm
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

for the salad

  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta such as Delallo
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 12 oz jar marinated red peppers diced
  • 1/4 medium red onion iced
  • 1 8 oz block smoked mozzarella diced into small cubes

Instructions

for the marinade

  • In a food processor, combine half of the mayo along with all of the parsley, basil, parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and a hefty pinch of salt. Blitz until combined and then stir in the rest of the mayo. (If you do it all at once, the mayo will break)

for the pasta salad

  • Prepare the pasta al dente according to the directions and then rinse with cold water.
  • Pour the cooled noodles into a large mixing bowl then toss with the sauce.
  • Stir in the fresh spinach, marinated red peppers, red onion, and smoked mozzarella.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Eat immediately or place in the refrigerator up to 5 days.