Balsalmic Basil Pasta Salad

08 May

There is a little restaurant in Bountiful called Plates and Palates.  I can remember a few years back, Kallie being so excited that there was a new exercise place with a cafe in it. She thought it was a Pilates gym. But then again she also thought that Angel Moroni turned on top of the Temple and that you don’t need to put money in the parking meters because you have to wait until you are done for the meter to tell you what you owe.  I think there was also a time that she thought that you cannot get picked up for speeding if you are in the commuter lane.  All things that friends told her and she believed.  She is a salesperson’s greatest dream, as she will believe anything she is told or reads on the internet.  When she goes into a clothing store, the salespeople start salivating.  They assign several to her, just to keep the outfits coming, all of which she is told, she cannot live without.  And then there are always the accessories and shoes that the outfit will not be complete without.

pasta salad

Anyway back to the subject of Plates and Palates.  They serve the best pasta salad. It is a Jordan and my favorite pasta salad..  After driving there numerous times, I thought, “I can make this”  So after several attempts, I think I nailed it.

This is not really a recipe but a process of adding a little bit of each ingredient until you have the taste you want


1 box of whole wheat pasta  ( I like Penne)

olive oil and balsalmic vinager to taste  It does not take a huge amount of either.  Better to start of light and keep adding rather than add to much and have too strong of flavor,  You can always add more later.

Cook pasta according to directions.  Drain and add the oil and vinegar a little bit at a time unitl you have the taste you like.

Add following ingredients to your preference:

Halved grape tomatoes

Shredded parmesan cheese


Chopped basil

You will love this!!!!

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