berry pasta salad

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in fruit, grains, salads | 0 comments

I love to keep prepared salads in my fridge for the family to snack on, especially during the summer.  One of my two children is a pasta junkie, and this one is a particular favorite because of the sweet twist the berries add.  Let me know if your family likes it as much as mine!
berry pasta salad
Recipe type: Salad, Fruit

  • 1¾ cups dried quinoa pasta or brown rice pasta
  • 1½ cups fresh blackberries (or strawberries or raspberries)
  • 3 ounces small fresh mozzarella cheese balls, halved
  • large handful of fresh basil leaves (shred if large)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry or blackberry balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
  • black pepper to taste
  • optional: diced cooked or grilled organic chicken

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and rinse well with cold water and drain again.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, raspberry balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl toss together pasta, strawberries, cheese, and basil.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss again.
  5. Can add diced cooked or grilled chicken breast.
  6. Refrigerate until time to serve.

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