Simple Pasta Salad

Simple Pasta Salad
Staff Writer
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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
621
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
25g
100%
Cholesterol
12mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
62g
48%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
107µg
15%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
23mg
31%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
120µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
214mg
21%
Choline, total
23mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
13g
52%
Folate, total
101µg
25%
Iron, Fe
11mg
61%
Magnesium, Mg
134mg
42%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
337mg
48%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
56µg
100%
Sodium, Na
395mg
26%
Water
130g
5%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

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.