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Old 06-29-2006, 08:43 AM   #1
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Pasta Salad

Hey guys,
I need to find a dressing for a pasta salad that I'm making tonight. I'm going to be using rotini, monteray jack, and cucumbers for starters. I want something with a bit of a sweet kick but not mayonaisse based. Any ideas?


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Old 06-29-2006, 08:55 AM   #2
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How about a balsamic vinaigrette dressing?

Here's a basic balsamic vinaigrette recipe:
Yield: 1 Cup
3/4 cup Sunflower or Canola Oil
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Fresh Tarragon
1 Medium Shallot, chopped
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients except for the oil,
salt, and pepper in a food processor. Slowly drizzle
in the oil while processing, until vinaigrette becomes
thicker and emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

or wasabi dressing:

Wasabi Vinaigrette
2 tsp wasabi paste
1 TBS honey
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 TBS chopped fresh cilantro leaves
S & P
Mix wasabi paste, honey, and rice wine vinegar then slowly drizzle in both oils.
Add the cilantro and s & p and mix again.
NOTE: This really wasn't hot like I wanted so I added some Chilula hot sauce.
It's still not hot enough so I'm going to go add more wasabi paste.

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Old 06-29-2006, 09:05 AM   #3
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I like Wishbone Italian or Good Seasons Zesty Italian on pasta salad.
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