Thursday, June 2, 2011

Marguerita Pasta Salad

So many conflicting spellings for Marguerita (Margarita, Margherita), I'm not sure if I chose correctly.  Sometimes we moms pack elaborate lunches for the kids and make do with a yogurt or a granola bar for ourselves.  It's always a fun surprise when one of us brings a mama-friendly salad or dip to share, and this was my contribution to our playdate today, inspired by the pizza and by the great deal I found on fresh mozzarella!

Marguerita Pasta Salad - by me!
1 box whole wheat rotini
2 balls fresh mozzarella, diced
2 plum tomatoes, diced
3 stems fresh basil chiffonade
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Cook rotini and rinse under cold water.  Add the veggies and toss well.  Add about 1-2 tbsp vinegar to your taste and enough olive oil to lightly dress the salad.  Season with fresh ground salt and pepper, and make sure there's some at the table too.

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