Rotini Salad with Kalamata Olive Dressing

Skip the bottled Italian dressing for your rotini salad and serve a homemade sauce studded with kalamata olives.

Yield:

7 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 147
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Fat 3 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Monofat 1.1 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 6.6 g
Carbohydrate 23.9 g
Fiber 2.2 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Sodium 205 mg
Calcium 59 mg

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow bell pepper
6 ounces uncooked rotini (corkscrew pasta)
1/4 pound haricots verts, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
1 1/2 ounces diced fresh mozzarella
4 pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1 ounce prosciutto, chopped
Cooking spray
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 large shallot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Preheat broiler.

Cut red bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place red and yellow pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and dice; place in a large bowl.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add haricots verts to pasta during last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain. Add pasta mixture, tomatoes, and next 4 ingredients (through prosciutto) to peppers; toss well.

Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and shallot to pan. Cook 15 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Place the garlic mixture, vinegar, and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour dressing over pasta mixture; toss well.

Note:

Jennifer Martinkus,

July 2006