Summer Angel Hair Tomato Basil Salad

 

Summer Angel Hair Tomato Basil Salad

A refreshing summer salad using our Angel Hair Nests. SKU # 04108
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Angel Hair Nests - JGP Item 04108
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
  • ½ Cup Cherry Tomatoes**
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Small bunch Fresh Basil
  • Tbsp Dried Basil
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Vegetables: Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Roughly chop about 1 Tbsp fresh basil.
  • Cut each nest of Angel Hair pasta into 2 equal halves. This makes the noodles shorter and easier to eat as a cold salad.
  • Cook Angel Hair Pasta according to directions: Bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil, add pasta nests and cook until internal temperature reaches 165° F or approx. 1 - 1½ minutes. Quickly cool under cold running water, drain and set aside.
  • Fold together the pasta, tomatoes, oil, fresh basil and dry basil. Finally, fold in the parmesan cheese with all ingredients and mix evenly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for best results.
  • Before serving, add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • *Some extra virgin olive oil can have a strong flavor. If necessary, you can cut the extra virgin olive oil with half EVOO and half plain olive oil.
  • **You can use cherry tomatoes but plum Roma tomatoes work well too.
  • This works great as a simple side salad or add chicken or grilled shrimp to make it more of a meal.
  • I suggest using both dry and fresh basil as they give off different flavor notes. While fresh basil gives a nice aroma and fresh flavor, the dry basil combined with the EVOO gives a rich deep basil flavor throughout the dish.
  • This is a very simple dish, feel free to experiment adding more or less cheese or other herbs to make it your own.
Keyword Angel Hair, Basil, Noodles, Pasta, Summer, Tomato
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