Simple Pasta Salad

Staff Writer
Simple Pasta Salad
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This recipe is a simple salad perfect for summer: just red tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, parsley, and a plain vinaigrette of olive oil and vinegar.

4
Servings
668
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
  • 1 Tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 Cups cooked penne pasta
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, washed and diced
  • 5 Ounces mozzarella, diced
  • 10 pitted black olives, sliced in half
  • 1/2 Cup basil, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup parsley, chopped

Directions

In a small jar or cruet, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano. In a large bowl, mix together the pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella, olives, basil and parsley. Add the dressing and toss to combine.

Simple Pasta 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.

Simple Pasta 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
37g
57%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Cholesterol
28mg
9%
Protein
19g
39%
Carbs
65g
22%
Vitamin A
128µg
14%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
13.5%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
10.6%
Vitamin C
18mg
30%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
5mg
24%
Vitamin K
101µg
100%
Calcium
230mg
23%
Fiber
4g
17%
Folate (food)
39µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
39µg
10%
Iron
2mg
13%
Magnesium
65mg
16%
Monounsaturated
23g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
10%
Phosphorus
302mg
43%
Polyunsaturated
4g
N/A
Potassium
466mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
10.2%
Sodium
588mg
25%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
8.1%
Zinc
2mg
16%

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