Ingredients

How to make it

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and cool.
  • In small mixing bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, basil and tomatoes.
  • Pour vinaigrette over top and toss together.
  • Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  • Add pine nuts and cheese just before serving.

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    " It was good "
    PineappleGirl ate it and said...
    I was a little skeptical of a pasta salad recipe that called for vegetable oil instead of olive oil...I mean, aren't we going for the Italian taste here??...but I tried it anyways because I liked that it called for balsamic instead of red wine vinegar. (Of course, I used olive oil and not vegetable!) The thing that makes this dressing pop is the dijon mustard. It gives a creaminess to it. Instead of shredded, I added fresh mozzarella and let it marinate in some reserved dressing before adding it the pasta. Of course, I doubled the garlic and put in a shake or two of red pepper flakes to kick it up. Pine nuts add a nice flavor of sweetness. Yum-a keeper for sure!
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    " It was excellent "
    nermalsmom ate it and said...
    Definitely NOT your typical pasta salad, and I LIKE that. I used multi-grain macaroni and added crisp-steamed diced zucchini, 1 can drained cannellini beans, and black olives just because I can never seem to leave a recipe alone. (That's what my husband says, anyway). The marinade/dressing is fantastic and almost better the next day. And the pinenuts, though somewhat pricey, add a gourmet touch. Thanks for such a great recipe.
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    " It was excellent "
    jabec ate it and said...
    oh my goodness YUM this is must try.
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    " It was excellent "
    dtour ate it and said...
    OMG.........simply a wonderful pasta!
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    " It was good "
    tinadc ate it and said...
    I like the idea of putting mustard in. Thanx for the gr8 idea!
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  • vindee 6 years ago
    Looks like I found just what I was looking for!! Thank you
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  • chefmeow 6 years ago
    Your welcome. Glad you like it.
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  • rahrahjean 6 years ago
    My family loved this dish. Thanks for the wonderful ideas. you are usually the first person i go to when looking for something to cook.
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  • chefmeow 6 years ago
    I use the dark but I'm guessing both would be really good.
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  • shrl1 6 years ago
    do you use the dark or light colored balsamic vinegar?
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  • chefmeow 6 years ago
    My pleasure. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I always double the recipe because it is loved by all.
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  • borinda 6 years ago
    I was just looking for a pasta salad other than mine to take to a group in a few weeks and this will be it. Thanks for making my life easy!
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