If you’ve ever tried the Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad from Wholefoods, you’ll understand my love for this pasta salad. It was love at first bite! I knew I had to make this on repeat from the comfort of my own home.
The basic fundamentals of a cold pasta salad are mayonnaise and vinegar, so from there, it was just a matter of figuring out the spices. Y’all know I love my spicy so I added a touch of cayenne pepper and the obvious garlic cause well, what is life without garlic?!
This is the perfect pasta salad all year round! The Smoked Mozzarella adds such a delicious kick especially when you add garlic and Cayenne pepper! This is one of those pasta salads that you can make in mass quantity and see it disappear within days! I tend to leave the cheese out and add as I consume just to keep it firm!
Sidenote: The Smoked Mozzarella tastes amazing with both red pepper as is for an extra crunch or simply roast it for that delicious roasted flavour!
Fan of cheese? Try our Mouthwatering Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe!
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic minced (1 and ½ tsp.)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- ½ bag penne pasta
- 2 cups packed of washed and stemmed baby spinach
- 4 pieces Diced Roasted red pepper
- ½ pound Diced smoked mozzarella cheese
Combine the Parmesan cheese, parsley, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper with a hand mixer or in the bowl of food processor or in a blender until the dressing is smooth.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain the pasta into a colander, run cold water over it or submerge it in ice water until chilled through, and drain well. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, spinach, roasted red peppers, and smoked mozzarella.
For best results, make this ahead of time and let chill for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve cold.
Makes the perfect snack, or side dish! Trust me you cannot go wrong with this Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad!
Looking for dessert? Try our Rum & Eggnog Cheesecake
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