This cold pasta salad is so good!
I have been searching for a great GF cold pasta salad that would stay good for
a few days. Because of the nature of GF pasta, it tends to get hard after
a day or two in the refrigerator. I
found this recipe on the Pioneer Woman's Blog and knew I had to convert it to a GF Pasta Salad
Success! It tastes so good and lasted three days in
the refrigerator without getting stiff.
This would be great as a summer BBQ
I added some garbanzo beans to give it
a little more protein. I sent it to school for lunch and my GF Teen was so
thrilled to have something new to try.
Take your lunch to work? Throw this in a container with a cooler pack
and you are set.
the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Then drain it and
rinse in cold water.
pasta to dry slightly and toss in a bowl with 4 tablespoons pesto. Cover and refrigerate pasta until cold.
the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk with the
rest of the pesto. Add salt and pepper, then taste and adjust seasonings as
needed. The dressing needs to be somewhat thin and pourable in order to coat
the dressing to the cold pasta and stir.
Top with tomatoes, olives, garbanzo beans, Mozzarella Cheese and Parmesan
As most of you know, I am the only one in my family who is
also Casein Free. I enjoyed this salad
by using Tofutti Non-Dairy Sour Cream and Almond Milk.
I served the cheese on the side and left it off my portion. I used my homemade Pesto which I leave the cheese out of.
Make your own Pesto:
It is really simple and easy to make. Store the extra in the freezer.
Recipe for Basil Pesto
2 cups basil leaves, washed and dried
4 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
the basil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese in a food processor until finely
chopped. Drizzle the olive oil through the feed tube until pureed.
Add salt and pepper.
This freezes well in
6 ounce plastic containers. Drizzle with a layer of olive oil before
freezing to keep it green.