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Blueberry Basil & Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Blueberry, Basil & Goat Cheese Pasta Salad.

I recently saw an article in Cooking Light Magazine that featured 250 Calorie Pasta Dishes.  The idea was to start with a portion of your favorite cooked pasta, then add 3-4 of your favorite mix-ins to create a fabulous meal.  That got me thinking.

I’ve discovered a love for blueberries and goat cheese paired together.  I’ve also discovered, thanks to Gabby’s Olive Branch, a love for Tuscan Herb OVOO paired with Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar.  Add fresh basil, and in our case the lovely lemon basil, with chopped macadamia nuts and I had visions of this beautiful pasta salad dancing through my dreams.

Blueberry Basil & Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Blueberry Basil & Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Blueberry, Basil & Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

For pasta salad…

  • 4 oz. penne pasta prepared according to package directions
  • 1 Tbl. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • 2 Tbl. macadamia nuts chopped
  • 2 Tbl. fresh basil leaves
  • sea salt & freshly cracked pepper

For blueberry herb vinaigrette…

  • 1/4 cup Tuscan Herb EVOO
  • 1 Tbl. blueberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Instructions
 

For pasta salad…

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cool water and toss with 1 Tbl. olive oil. Chill or serve room temperature.
  • Divide cooked pasta into two bowls. Sprinkle each serving with half of blueberries, goat cheese, macadamia nuts, and fresh basil.

For blueberry herb vinaigrette…

  • Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients until they emulsify. Drizzle over pasta salad. Season with sea salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste.

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