7/10/08

Summer Garden Pasta Salad

I'm really excited to find this recipe in my files because right now in my garden I'm growing cucumbers, green beans, peppers and tomatoes (half the ingredients!) we also always have turkey and ham on hand as well as cheese. The herbs and spices are basically just making an italian vinaigrette to toss it with. Yum!


Summer Garden Pasta Salad

1 box ziti pasta
4 oz. fresh or frozen green beans - 1 inch pieces
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1/2 c each - cubed ham, and turkey
1/2 c diced Cheddar cheese
1/2 c black olives, sliced


1/2 c. olive or canola oil
7 T red wine vinegar
2 T chopped parsley
1 t dry mustard
1/2 t sugar
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t paprika
1 clove garlic, minced

Cook pasta and green beans just until tenter. Mix cucumber, ham, turkey, cheese and black olives. Mix oil, vinegar, parsley, dry mustard, sugar, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic. Toss and refrigerate until serving.
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