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Italian Basil Tomato Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered fresh basil
  • 8 ounces dried pasta (such as rotini, bow ties, shells, cavatelli, or penne)
  • 2 9 -ounce package frozen cut green beans
  • 6 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 cup sliced pitted kalamata olives or ripe olives
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup (3 oz.) finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley

Details

Servings 16
Adapted from Midwestliving.com

Preparation

Step 1

1.For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard, pepper, and garlic. Gradually whisk in oil. Stir in the slivered basil. Set dressing aside.
2.Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.
3.Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook frozen beans according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.
4.Toss one-third of the dressing with the cooked pasta; place pasta in the bottom of a very large salad bowl. Layer ingredients on top of the pasta in the following order: cooked green beans, tomatoes, and olives. Top with remaining dressing. Sprinkle with the basil leaves, the Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. To serve, toss lightly to combine. Makes 16 servings.

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