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Pasta Salad #5

This savory pasta salad recipe can be served with all kinds of barbecue meat or smoked fish, but can also be eaten as a vegetarian main course accompanied by bread and your favourite beer or white wine.

Pasta and corn give body to this salad, while tomato and cucumber are the lighter fillers. Of course we throw in an aromatic blend of fresh herbs to add a Mediterranean flavour.

If served as a main course with bread, the quantities mentioned herein should be sufficient for mom and dad and two kids.

Hot Smoke - Pasta Salad #5

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Pasta en Veggies

For this Pasta Salad recipe you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 pound
10 dry ounces
1/2 pound
1/2 cup
dry pasta, the picture shows "Pipette Rigate"
cucumber, diced
crispy corn (medium size can)
tomato, diced
mint leaves, prefereably the sturdier "Turkish" kind, shredded
hard apple, chopped
onion, finely chopped

Juancho's BBQ Tip
Olive Oil!
Olive oil is very tasty, and it has a positive effect on your health!
If you feel you're putting too much olive oil in this salad: Do not hesitate to spoon in some more!     ;o)

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Basic "Italian" Salad Dressing

These are the ingredients for our basic "Italian" dressing recipe that we use for just about all of our pasta salads:

5 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon
olive oil (prefereably a fruity Extra Virgine)
white balsamico vinegar
black pepper, freshly ground
seasalt, no iodine

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Pasta Salad Herbs

For this Pasta Salad #5 the following fresh herbs are added to the above standard dressing:

2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
5 cloves
rosemary, finely chopped
basilicum, chopped
oregano, chopped
sage, chopped
garlic, finely chopped

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This Pasta Salad recipe is prepared as follows:


Boil the pasta "al dente" in a large pan with 1 teaspoon of seasalt, drain, and stir in one tablespoon of olive oil to loosen the pasta. Let cool down.

Instead of adding olive oil, the pasta can also be loosened by retaining some of the cooking water and pouring it over the pasta.


Allow the corn to drain.


Hot Smoke - Italian dressing with fresh herbs mixed in While the pasta is cooking and cooling down, make the dressing with the fresh herbs. Mix thoroughly and set aside to allow the aromas of the herbs to be absorbed by the dressing.


Wash the cucumber, cut in quarters lengthwise, cut out the seedy parts, cut the four strips lengthwise again to obtain eight strips, cut strips into dice.


Wash the tomatoes, cut in quarters, cut out seedy parts, and cut quarters into dice.


Wash mint leaves while on the stem and set apart. Mint is quite vulnerable, therefore you do not want to rip and cut the leaves until just before serving. Same goes for the apple.


Chop the onion as fine as possible.


Mix pasta and veggies thoroughly.

Above activities can be done well before serving.

Right before serving:


Rip the mint leaves from the stems, chop, and add to salad.


Wash and chop the apple, and add to salad.


Stir dressing one last time, add to salad, and mix salad to spread dressing evenly.


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The Pitboss Suggests:

This pasta salad combines very well with:

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No problem:

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