Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad has a creamy parmesan Italian dressing mixed with gluten free pasta or traditional, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, salami, and fresh mozzarella. This unique and flavorful cold pasta salad is guaranteed to be devoured quickly at BBQs and potlucks!
12ouncerotini or penne pasta,gluten free or regular
15ouncecan chickpeas,drained and rinsed
12 ouncemarinated artichoke hearts,drained and chopped
8ouncefresh mozzarella,cubed in 1/2" pieces
1cupthick cut salami or summer sausage,chopped in bite-sized pieces
½cupblack or Kalamata olives,halved
½small red onion,halved and thinly sliced
8sun dried tomatoes in Italian herbs,chopped
½cupfresh Italian parsley,chopped
Sun Dried Tomato Dressing
¼cupsun dried tomato in Italian herbs oil,drained from jar
¼cupred wine vinegar
½cupgrated parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. If using gluten free pasta, leave water unsalted. If using regular pasta, salt water. Boil pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, salami, olives, onion, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, and parsley. Set aside.
In a pint-sized jar add all dressing ingredients. Shake vigorously to combine.
Pour dressing over pasta salad ingredients. Gently stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to let flavors marinate. Set out 20-30 minutes before serving to take chill off and soften pasta.
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Gluten Free Tips
Here are some things you may want to consider:
Unlike with regular pasta, when using gluten free pasta leave the water unsalted. Gluten free pasta soaks up too much of the salt while boiling and can leave your pasta much more salty than you may like.
Cook the pasta to just al dente. Part of what makes a good pasta salad is when the noodles remain firm. Nobody wants a mushy pasta salad!
To help keep your pasta al dente, rinse the noodles with cold water after pouring them into the colander. This will stop the pasta from further cooking.
My favorite gluten free pasta is Barilla.
Pasta salad is best served at room temperature, and this is especially the case with gluten free pasta salad. Gluten free pasta gets harder upon refrigeration, so make sure you set out your salad 20-30 minutes before serving to take the chill off.
How Far in Advance Can Pasta Salad Be Made?
Most pasta salads will keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. Leaving the tomatoes uncut helps persevere this pasta salad recipe for longer. Otherwise the juice from the tomatoes make the salad watery upon sitting.