Simple Pasta Salad

This quick and easy pasta salad is a great accompaniment to most any meat dish. It can be made with any shape of pasta, however the pinched areas of the bow tie pasta hold the garlic forward dressing.

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2 cups bow tie pasta
2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes
1 tbsp pickled onions
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Ingredients – Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp pesto dijon mustard
1 tsp garlic paste*
1 tsp salt

Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Chop the sun dried tomatoes and set aside. Prepare the dressing by mixing the oil, mustard, garlic paste and salt. (*You can purchase ready made garlic paste in a grocery store in the organic section for salad dressings. To make your own, crush 2 large garlic cloves with 1 teaspoon capers, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a mortar and pestle.) Toss together dressing, pasta, tomatoes and onions. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and refrigerate until cool.

Makes 2 to 4 servings

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