Italian Pasta Salad

Courtesy of Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery

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Brys Estate Italian Pasta SaladThis recipe, courtesy of Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery, includes fresh and easy to find ingredients that were selected to enhance the delicious flavors of Eileen Brys’ famous Italian dressing. Serve the salad chilled as a side dish, or it could be a meal all its own. Pair with a glass of Pinot Grigio and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Pasta Fusilli
  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ozs Pearl size mozzarella
  • 1 cup Sliced pepperoni
  • 1 cup Diced ham
  • 1/2 cup Green olives
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup Pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fresh basil (optional)
  • 1 cup Eileen Brys’ Famous Italian Dressing (recipe below)

Directions

Cook pasta fusilli until al dente. Rinse under cold water and add to a large bowl.

Add cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, green and kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta, and Italian dressing. Toss well. Note: fresh basil is optional and will wilt quickly. Add this right before serving — or simply use as a garnish for individual servings.

Eileen Brys’ Famous Italian Dressing Recipe

This dressing has been a staple in the Brys Family since before Eileen was born. This dressing  only gets better the longer it sits and it will keep in the refrigerator for months. Use on Italian Pasta Salad, Spinach Salad with Bacon, Egg & Croutons, Mexican Taco Salad, Greek Salad, Chopped Salad or as a marinade for Grilled Chicken Breasts.

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup light olive oil
1 tbs dried oregano
1 tbs dried basil
1 tbs garlic powder
1/2 tbs dijon mustard
1/2 tbs salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

NOTE: The recipe calls for 1/2 cup light olive oil (extra-virgin olive oil is too strongly flavored). The light olive oil thickens when refrigerated, and this adds a nice body to the dressing. If you don’t have light olive oil, you can substitute more canola oil.

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