This pasta salad is simple, delicious, and perhaps Italian inspired. Oven & pan roasted veg give a ton of fresh delicious flavour to the salad. The amounts of veg and pasta are somewhat forgiving. One time I had 450 g of pasta, the next time I made it the bag was only 375g. It's ok to have slightly different ratios of things. I always taste at the end and adjust lemon or vinegar and olive oil if needed.
Fusili Pasta is tossed with
I do the cherry tomatoes and corn in the oven and the mushrooms and zucchini in a pan just for the sake of simplicity and speed.
Serving: 4-6 people as a main dish
8 - 10 as a side dish
** I wouldn't use a cheap balsamic vinegar. The bottle linked was about 13 dollars and the flavour is exponentially better. Slightly tart but has a smooth sweetness that cheap balsamic lacks. I never use 100% balsamic vinegar in my dressings either. I like to use a bit of lemon and or red wine vinegar to round out the acidity. So in that sense a bottle of good balsamic can go a long way and is probably worth spending a bit extra on. If not you might want to add some sweetness to the dressing. I like to add a drizzle of balsamic glaze as a garnish sometimes to the salad regardless.
I garnished my salad with a few extra fresh sliced cherry tomatoes, some more fresh herbs and I also added Borage flowers that I have growing at home. I just plucked the petals and sprinkled a few on top. (Edible flowers are my fav. For this I added them just for the visual more than the flavour...they weren't noticeable taste wise)
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