Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

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Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Pasta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

This cold pasta is a summer festival in a bowl: delicious, crunchy sweet corn; earthy pan-roasted zucchini, refreshing fresh herbs, salty feta cheese… and most of all, the amazingly flavorful heirlooms. The Black Russian, Pruden’s Purple, or any red heirloom beefsteak tomatoes will be marvelous in this dish.

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4
Servings
887
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the pan-roasted zucchini

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 baby zucchini (about 6 inches long), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt

For the pasta

  • 2 ears sweet corn, husked
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Pounds red, purple, or black heirloom tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 bunch chives, cut 1/4-inch thick
  • 24 large basil leaves, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 Pound mezzi rigatoni, penne rigate, ziti, or ditali pasta
  • 7 Ounces goat milk feta cheese
  • Small basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

For the pan-roasted zucchini

Heat a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and zucchini. Sauté until golden brown, tossing only occasionally, about 7-8 minutes. Season with the salt. Toss again and transfer to a bowl to cool. Set aside.

For the pasta

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the corn and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the pot and transfer to a bowl filled with cold water. As soon as the corn has cooled, transfer to a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Using a sharp knife, shave the kernels from the corn. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil. Whisk until well blended. Add the corn, tomatoes, chives, and basil. Toss until well mixed and set aside.

In a large pot, bring 6 quarts water to a boil over high heat. When the water is boiling, add the salt and pasta. Cook the pasta until very al dente — about 1 minute less than what package calls for.

Drain and rinse with cold water until cooled. Shake off the excess water. Add to the tomato mixture. Mix well and let stand at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before serving.

When ready to serve, add the pan-roasted zucchini to the pasta and stir well. Spoon the pasta into individual bowls or a large serving platter. Crumble the feta on top and garnish with small basil leaves. Drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired. Season with freshly ground black pepper, to taste and serve.

Pasta Salad Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Salad Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
41g
62%
Sugar
15g
N/A
Saturated Fat
12g
59%
Cholesterol
44mg
15%
Protein
26g
52%
Carbs
107g
36%
Vitamin A
181µg
20%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
14%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
32.3%
Vitamin C
40mg
67%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
5mg
27%
Vitamin K
60µg
75%
Calcium
314mg
31%
Fiber
8g
32%
Folate (food)
100µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
100µg
25%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
123mg
31%
Monounsaturated
22g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
24%
Phosphorus
499mg
71%
Polyunsaturated
4g
N/A
Potassium
1049mg
30%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
33.6%
Sodium
1137mg
47%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
23.6%
Zinc
4mg
25%

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