Emeril's Italian Pasta Salad
Emeril has Kicked-Up an Old Favorite
Sick of that tired old family recipe for pasta salad? Emeril Lagasse kicks up Italian Pasta Salad a few notches in his latest recipe.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until just tender, 7 to 9 minutes. During the last minute of cooking time, add the zucchini and squash and cook until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.
In a medium bowl, mash together the garlic and Italian Essence. Add the vinegar, salt, black pepper and red pepper and mix to combine. Whisk in the oil.
Transfer the pasta and vegetables to a large mixing bowl or pot. Toss with the dressing. Add the remaining ingredients except the lettuce and toss well to coat. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
Line a large serving bowl with the lettuce leaves. Turn out the pasta salad onto the lettuce and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse, © 2003