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Balsamic Garden Pasta Salad

October 2009
Balsamic Garden Pasta Salad

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 15 mins

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 eggplant (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 ounce cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, then rinse with cold water; transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat; add the eggplant, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until soft and golden, 7 to 9 minutes. Add to the pasta and toss; let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the mixed greens, bell pepper, mozzarella, onion, parsley and vinegar to the pasta and toss. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz/Viognier 2007 (Australia)
  • Swap a 5-ounce container of goat cheese crumbles for the mozzarella.
  • Find raw red onions a bit strong? Quick-pickle them by soaking in the balsamic vinegar for 15 minutes.
  • Discard any lettuce leaves and then use the leftovers in another recipe.