With all of this rain, my backyard garden is booming! This includes cucumber, tomatoes, basil and Italian parsley. We thought these ingredients would be perfect for a pesto pasta salad using the fresh gluten free pasta (rice and tapioca flour) from Vinnie’s Fresh Pasta Factory at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market.
Vinnie’s gluten free pasta is phenomenal. Trust me! Vinnie’s is located on the lower level of the market and features a number of fresh pastas, including two gluten free varieties.
Pesto Pasta Salad
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 green/spring onions, chopped
Small handful of Italian parsley, chopped
1 bag of Vinnie’s rice and tapioca flour gluten free pasta, cooked
Feta to taste
20 large basil leaves
A handful of Italian parsley (this should be about 1/3rd the amount of the basil)
1-2 gloves of garlic, chopped
1/3 cup of light olive oil or canola oil
1.5 tbsp of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
Lemon zest, sea salt and pepper to taste
Combine all dressing ingredients into a magic bullet/blender/food processor and pulse until all ingredients are blended and smooth.
Combine salad ingredients (minus feta) into a large bowl and toss with dressing. Add the desired amount of feta on top. Serve!