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July 14, 2013

SIMPLY GLUTEN-FREE: Minestrone: from soup to summer salad

Tonawanda News — I know that minestrone is a soup. It is a lovely soup. And I love soup. But I also love salad so I thought, “minestrone salad – why not?” Why not indeed! 

This gluten-free soup-turned-salad recipe takes advantage of the abundance of summer vegetables available right now. Zucchini, corn, tomatoes and basil — does it get any more summery than that? 

Since this pasta salad is mayonnaise-free, it is good for taking to cookouts and picnics without the fear of poisoning your diners. It can be served right after making (great for a quick mid-week meal) or you can make it ahead of time and serve it chilled. 

This recipe makes a ton of salad, so if you don’t have a crowd to feed, feel free to cut the recipe in half. But you should know that it tastes even better the day after you make it or the day after that. It is great as a side to roasted chicken, burgers or whatnot and also makes for a lovely vegan main dish. 

I like to use rotini pasta because I love the way the veggies nestle into the curlicues of the pasta. You can use a different type of gluten-free pasta if you like, such as elbow noodles or bowtie pasta. 

So who says minestrone can only be soup? Not me

Gluten-free minestrone pasta salad

1 pound brown rice vegetable rotini pasta

2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil 

1 yellow or white onion, diced 

2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 

2 medium zucchini, diced 

2 ears of corn, kernels cut off 

4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced 

2 cans white or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 

2 teaspoons salt 

1 teaspoon pepper 

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 

1 cup basil leaves

Cook the pasta in heavily salted water according to the package directions. Rinse the pasta first with hot water and then with cold water. Set aside. 

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