5/6/12

Lemon Basil Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe was originally from Food Network, but I like my brother-in-law Henry's version of the recipe even better. This salad is so quick to make, but it tastes like a dish that takes hours to prepare. Lemon Basil Pasta Salad is a favorite of mine.


Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
1 pound bow tie pasta
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, diced
8 Basil leaves, cut into chiffonade, plus extra leaves for garnish
1 or 2 lemons, juiced
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water for about 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain the pasta under cold water to cool down. Place pasta in a large serving bowl and add the tomatoes, shallot, Basil, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss all together well and garnish with fresh Basil leaves.



During the summer months when tomatoes are in season you might want to substitute regular tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes. This salad has a wonderful fresh taste and makes a colorful side dish.




14 comments:

  1. That looks so yummy and refreshing for summer!

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  2. This sounds like a great side-dish for grilled fish :)

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  3. Sounds like something I'd really enjoy:@)

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  4. This looks like a great recipe for the warmer months! I love "non mayonnaise" pasta salads, so thanks for sharing another great one fo rme to try.

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  5. My basil plant is almost ready to produce. Can't wait to try this salad.

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  6. This looks and sounds like Summer. Yum!

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  7. This looks like the perfect pasta salad. I've been looking for along time and I think I just found it! Thank you! I can't wait to make this one!

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  8. We love pasta salad and I love trying new ones AND my basil plant is ready for this!!

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  9. I am surprised by how easy this salad looks, so few ingredients. I can't wait to make it and am definitely pinning this one. THanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  10. Anita, this is a great spring salad that we would really enjoy. Hope you have a Very Special Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. I love how light and healthy this dish is... it is National Mediterranean Diet month and I am promoting it on my blog. I would love if you would share this recipe on my foodie friday party.

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  12. Sounds yummy!! Mr. Darling Dear loves pasta so I will def have to try this! Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful evening!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  13. Anita, I love salads like this one that are quick but full of flavor. Thanks for sharing it at Your Cozy Home Party. -----------Shannon

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  14. Hi again Anita! Just wanted to thank you again for linking to to the Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party. I appreciate you being a great friend!

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