Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ziti and Ham Salad

Not sure where I got this recipe but it is great when you need a hearty side.

1 ½ c. olive oil
1/3 c. red wine vinegar
¼ c. lemon juice
¼ c. chopped fresh basil
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 lb. ziti
6 c. zucchini, cut into ¼ inch matchsticks
4 c. carrots cut into matchsticks
¾ lb. cooked ham, cut into ½ inch cubes

Combine ingredients for dressing in blender. Whirl until smooth. Cook ziti, then drain but do not rinse. Transfer to bowl, pour basil vinaigrette over hot pasta, and toss to coat. Cool to room temp. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once.

Cook zucchini and carrots in salted water for 2 min. Drain, rinse, drain, and cool. To serve, remove pasta from refrigerator and let stand 15 min. Add zucchini, carrots, and ham. Toss gently to mix.

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