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Friday, April 23, 2010

Summer Time Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad

hosted by Ann Kroker

Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad with Smoked Chicken, Apples, Peppers, and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Vinaigrette
10 c wagon wheel pasta, cooked
1 lb smoked chicken, chopped
2 green apples, cored and cut in 1/2 inch pieces
2 celery stalks, cut in 1/4 inch slices
1 red bell pepper, baked stemmed seeded and cut in 1/2 inch dices
radicchio leaves
1/4 c pine nuts, toasted
1/4 c coarsely chopped italian pasley
6 T olive oil
6 T packed drained sun dried tomatoes
1/4 c lemon juice
2 T pine nuts, toasted
2 T parmesan cheese
8 large fresh basil leaves
1 small clove garlic
Put all into a food processor with the metal blade. Pulse the machine several times til mix is coarsely chopped then processs continously stoppig 2 to 3 times to scrape down sides of bowl, til dressing is smooth Set aside
Mix all except radicchio, pine nuts, and parsley Toss well with enough dressing to coat Arrange radicchio leaves on a platter or individual serving plates Mound salad on top Garnish with pine nuts and parsley.

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