Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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by Chef Tony Hamati

azfamily.com

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 3:01 PM

Ingredients
•    Kosher salt
•    1 pound tricolor pasta, such as bow tie or fusilli
•    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
•    2 to 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
•    Freshly ground pepper
•    2/3 to 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
•    1/3 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
•    1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned
•    1/4 cup diced onion
•    2 large pickled pepperoncini peppers, diced
•    3 tablespoons halved black olives
•    2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
•    1 1/2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
•    1 1/2 tablespoons grated romano cheese

Directions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain, then rinse with cold water to cool.
Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: Whisk the vinegar, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in enough of the oil to make a smooth dressing; season with salt and pepper.
Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, onion, pepperoncini, olives and oregano in a bowl. Add the cooked pasta, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add the vinaigrette and both cheeses and toss. Chill until ready to serve.
 
 

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