Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ziti Salad

Ziti Salad with Spinach and Three Cheeses

Courtesy of Cheryl

1 pound Ziti or Mastaccioli, cooked according to package directions, drained and rinsed under cold water
1 red bell pepper, julienned
5 cups chopped fresh spinach
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 ounces sliced provolone cheese, julienned
6 slices bacon, cooked, and crumbled

Vinaigrette Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 drops red pepper sauce (Tabasco)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, salt, and red pepper sauce together in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Toss the pasta in a serving bowl with the red pepper, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and provolone cheese.

Toss the vinaigrette dressing with the pasta. Sprinkle bacon over the top.
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