Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pasta Salad ~Tomato, Basil & Smoked Mozzarella~

Ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and smokey mozzarella go together perfectly. Add pasta and a splash of olive oil & vinegar and you have a wonderful meal.

8 oz. uncooked fusilli, or other spiral pasta (whole grain also works well)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or more to taste
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup basil freshly chopped
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, smoked, diced
salt & pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain & transfer into a large bowl. Add oil, vinegar & oregano; toss to coat. Fold in tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes six 1 cup servings.

Perfect for your picnic at the beach!