KAMUT® Broccoli and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad

KAMUT® Wheat pasta is a favorite in our home. And when the whole family gets together a pasta salad is an easy, satisfying and healthy side dish that everyone enjoys. I love to make it when I can cut the broccoli and pick the tomatoes, garlic and onions or shallots fresh from my garden. Unfortunately, we normally have to wait until the first of August when all of that is ready form my garden all at once.  We get about 6 weeks to enjoy all of that until the first frost hits some where around the middle of September. But organic produce from your local market will make it just as well. I use safflower oil that we press in the Oil Barn for the dressing and I think the best way to really enjoy it, is at room temperature. It’s a great way to get my grandkids to eat their greens!

Makes 2 servings

DRESSING:

• 2 cups cooked KAMUT® pasta

• 3 cups small broccoli florets

• 1 1/2 cups sliced button mushrooms

• 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

• 1/2 cup shallots, minced

• 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and halved

HERB MIXTURE:

• 2 cloves garlic, peeled

• 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

• 1/2 cup 2% low-fat cottage cheese

• 1 tbs fresh lemon juice

• 1 tbs red wine vinegar

• 1 tbs balsamic vinegar

• 1 tbs exta virgin olive oil

• 1/2 tsp black pepper

• 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

SALAD:

• 2 cloves garlic, peeled

• 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

• 1/2 cup 2% low-fat cottage cheese

• 1 tbs fresh lemon juice

• 1 tbs red wine vinegar

• 1 tbs balsamic vinegar

• 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

• 1/2 tsp black pepper

• 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Not your typical pasta salad. The nutty, buttery flavor of the KAMUT® pasta combined with a fresh herb mixture and crisp, fresh broccoli and tomatoes delivers a lot of flavor and texture.

Combine all the ingredients of the herb mixture together and reserve 3 tablespoons. Set remaining herb mixture aside.

For the dressing, place the 3 tablespoons of herb mixture in a food processor. Drop the 2 garlic cloves through the food chute with the food processor on and process until minced. Add cottage cheese and next five ingredients. Process till smooth. Stir in the feta.

To prepare salad, steam the broccoli, covered for 3-4 minutes, should still be crisp. Cool and combine with all the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over the dressing and toss well.

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