So remember when I was so excited about the warmth and the sun and could care less if mother nature still had some winter left in her. Well…she did and I still didn’t care. Okay maybe I cared a little bit and used some not so kind words when one minute it was fine out and the next there was already a few inches of snow on the ground. I think even the boys were a little depressed looking at it and they love romping in the snow.
But then we remembered how pretty everything looks covered in snow and that spring is still on its way and we should enjoy a pasta salad because in my mind that is part of the warm weather food chain and ta da, it worked. The snow melted by the end of the day. The end.
So to melt your winter snow, figuratively and who knows maybe literally make this Pasta Caprese. It will make it 72 degrees in your mind.
(a few adaptions made from a recipe by Joe and Jill Biden in Food Network Magazine – yes, that Joe Biden)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice from 1 fresh squeezed lemon
1 minced shallot
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp sugar
pepper and kosher salt to taste
1 1/2 pints grape tomatoes halved
12 oz fresh mozzarella cut into small pieces
1/2 cup rough chopped fresh basil
12 oz box of tri color rotini
1/2 tsp lemon zest
Whisk olive oil, lemon, shallot and garlic. Add sugar and salt & pepper to taste. Mix into bowl of tomatoes and let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature. Meanwhile cook pasta according to box, when done drain and run under cold water. Add pasta and mozzarella to tomato mixture and toss well to coat. Add basil and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, tossing occasionally until serving. Enjoy!