April 19, 2013

{ Garden Party Salad Recipes }

I've got two yummy salad recipes for you today. We served both of these at our Garden Party the other day. Yum!

created by Martha Stewart

2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded & coarsely chopped
4 oven-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
1 lb. garganelle or penne rigate
1 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed

12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup olive oil
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
coarsely chopped fresh herbs such as oregano, marjoram, flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Combine fresh & oven-dried tomatoes, oil, garlic, salt, & pepper in a large bowl. Marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Boil pasta in salted water until al dente, 7-10 minutes. Drain well, and while still hot, toss with tomato mixture.

Coarsely chop basil & combine with pasta. Serve immediately, or at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tomatoes cut side up o baking sheet. Drizzle with oil & season with salt, pepper, & herbs. Bake until shriveled but still moist, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

created by ??? {my SIL gave it to me}

1 half lb. bag of Spring Mix lettuce
2 pears, diced
2 cucumbers, diced
Craisins, as much as you like
candied pecans, as much as you like
BRIANNAS Poppy Seed Dressing {my fave!}

{Here's a picture of the dressing. I get it at Target because it's cheaper.}
Toss all ingredients together & serve right away


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