Marinated Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Marinated Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Bursting with flavor in every bite. This Marinated Mozzarella Pasta Salad will be the hit of the party every time! A great dish to prep for weekday lunches as it lasts beautifully in the fridge for days. Fresh, flavorful, and bright, what more could you need?
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Marinating time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 26 mins

Ingredients
  

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup Tuscanini Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Basil
  • 2 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Parsley Chopped*
  • 1 Tbs Fresh Thyme*
  • 1 Tbs Fresh Oregano*
  • 1/2 tsp ]red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 oz ball of Fresh Mozzarella Cubed

Salad:

  • 1 Box Rigatoni or Penne pasta cooked according to directions
  • 1 bag of Spinach
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes slices
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved

Dressing:

  • Leftover marinade
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Mix all marinade ingredients together, and pour over mozzarella cubes, making sure each cube is coated evenly.
  • Marinate mozzarella for 1-24 hours in fridge
  • Add Salad ingredients (pasta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes) in a large bowl
  • Using a slotted spoon, separate the mozzarella cubes from the marinade and add them to the salad. Reserve the leftover marinade.
  • Add balsamic vinegar to the remaining marinade and mix to create the dressing.
  • Pour dressing generously over salad, and toss to mix evenly.
  • Serve fresh and enjoy! **

Notes

*If using dried herbs, use 1 tsp for every tbs of fresh herb called for
** While this salad is best served fresh, it will last 3-4 days in the fridge for your continued enjoyment

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