The Working Class Foodies Pasta Salad
I’ve been making this salad in one form or another since college; in many ways, it’s the first real Working Class Foodies dish.
When I discovered the Union Square Greenmarket outside my dorm, I became instantly obsessed with tomatoes, especially any variety that could boast it was an heirloom. Heirlooms - and especially heirloom cherry tomatoes - quickly became the basis for this salad.
It’s endlessly adaptable: chances are you have half the ingredients in your fridge and pantry already.
Obviously, heirloom cherry tomatoes are not the most affordable, but this recipe both extends their use and showcases their flavor.
If you can spring for high-quality mozzarella, it’s well worth the cost. If vacuum-packed Polly-O is all you can afford, though, consider other cheeses like feta, brie, provolone, or even mild cheddar - anything you can cube up.
Today I used orechiette, but any short pasta will do. Gnocchi is great if you’re serving this hot.
Strips of serrano ham, proscuitto, shredded roasted chicken, cooked pancetta, white beans, garbanzo beans, or even baked or smoked tofu will bulk this out and add extra protein.
Don’t have basil? Fresh oregano, Italian parsley, chives or - if you want to go in a wildly different direction - fresh curry leaves will all work.
Any leftover vegetable, chopped up, is also a great addition. I’ve made this with roasted cauliflower, steamed green beans, confit artichokes, raw red onion, sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, and kale.
A glug of olive oil and a splash of balsamic (unless you’re using curry leaves) round this dish out and keep the ingredients from drying out in the fridge.
How would you make this pasta salad?
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The Working Class Foodies Cookbook Trailer!
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Last night’s dinner: smoked chicken, kale, black beans, avocado crema, roasted tomatillo salsa, wild rice.
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