Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-SaladToday is my daughter’s 20th birthday and I told her I would make whatever she wanted.

Because she still eats the S.A.D. (standard american diet), I was scared at what she would come up with.

But much to my surprise, she chose the famous Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad from the Whole Foods deli that she loves to get, but is rather pricey at $9.99 a pound.

I found a recipe online and even though I used to eat this back in the day, I must say that it tastes pretty darn close.

It has a creamy, but tangy sauce tossed with diced pieces of smoked mozzarella, spinach, red bell peppers and topped with optional shredded parmesan cheese.

You can easily convert this to gluten-free by using your favorite gluten-free pasta.

And, not only do you have control over the ingredients (and cost), but you can use organic mayonnaise and not “canola oil mayonnaise” which is in the Whole Foods deli ingredients, which they couldn’t confirm was made without GMO canola oil.

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Smoked-Mozzarella-Pasta-Salad

 

Tip #1:  I used the shredded parmesan cheese shown in the photo above instead of the grated/powder-type.

Tip #2:  The reason you want to make sure the pasta is chilled before mixing everything in is because if it is hot, the mozzarella cheese chunks will melt.  I put my pasta in the refrigerator while I prepared the sauce and diced the other ingredients and by the time I was finished it was ready to go.

Tip #3:  You can make this dish gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta.

 

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad (Vegetarian, GF)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2lb organic penne pasta (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/2lb smoked mozzarella cheese (diced)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups organic baby spinach (diced)
  • 1 organic red pepper (diced)
  • 3 cloves organic garlic (freshly crushed)
  • pink himalayan salt (to taste)
  • pinch organic cayenne pepper (to taste)

Optional

  • shredded parmesan cheese (for topping)

Directions

Step 1 Boil and prepare pasta according to package directions. Chill either in refrigerator or submerge in ice water, set aside.

Dice mozzarella cheese, baby spinach and red peppers, set aside.

Put mayonnaise, parmesan cheese white wine vinegar, garlic, pink himalayan salt, and cayenne pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, diced mozzarella, baby spinach, red peppers and sauce.

Sprinkle additional parmesan cheese on top and serve.

Enjoy!

Note

Recipe slightly adapted from:  http://ingoodtasteblog.net/in_good_taste/2011/05/smoked-mozzarella-pasta-salad.html

 

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