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Augusta Apr 5, 2007 01:31 PM

For Easter I'm thinking of preparing a pasta salad using gnocchi. I'm not doing anything fancy, just using the premade gnocchi from Trader Joe's. Is this something I can make ahead of time and refrigerate? Any ideas on a simple recipe I can toss together? I love eating gnocchi but have never cooked anything with it before. Thankyou!

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    cheesemonger RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 01:37 PM

    Is this going ot be a cold salad (I assume?). I would think that the gnocchi would be pretty gummy cold.

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      Augusta RE: cheesemonger Apr 5, 2007 01:45 PM

      Yes, that was my original thought...I need to bring this dish to my brother's who lives about 45min away so maybe it's not a good idea to use gnocchi? I was hoping it was something I could make ahead of time but it sounds like it may not be a good idea afterall.

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      foodslut RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 01:38 PM

      I would serve it with a tomato cream sauce--I don't think it lends itself to being served cold as a "salad".

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        Alice Letseat RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 01:38 PM

        Here's a link to a FoodandWine recipe that acvtually sounds very close to what I thought when I saw "gnocchi salad." http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pa... (no, ok, cyber-dyslexic - not a live link, copy and paste!, sorry)

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          Augusta RE: Alice Letseat Apr 5, 2007 01:46 PM

          thank-you...i'll check it out!

        2. prunefeet RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 02:02 PM

          I love gnocchi, but I would think it would get gluey. Too starchy.

          1. QueenB RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 03:21 PM

            I wouldn't use gnocchi. As others have said, I think it would get gluey.

            If you're looking to still make pasta salad with a pasta that has some good texture and bite, I suggest cheese tortellini. They hold up really well in pasta salad and are very substantial. I usually make a pasta salad with cooked, chilled tortellini, diced red pepper, cubed mozzarella cheese, chopped olives and halved cherry or grape tomatoes. Add some fresh chopped basil and make a simple vinaigrette (or use a bottled good italian dressing to make it even more simple).

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              cheesemonger RE: QueenB Apr 5, 2007 03:41 PM

              I also like an orzo salad- make sure you undercook the orzo a bit, this way it won't get to rubbery. I do red peppers, hearts of palm, halved small tomatoes, toasted walnuts, feta, kalamatas, and a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and dill.

              I like QueenB's tortellini suggestion also.

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                Augusta RE: cheesemonger Apr 10, 2007 08:49 AM

                I decided to make the orzo salad afterall. It turned out great! I used a recipe I found on epicurious. Funny thing is, I had to go to 3 grocery stores before I could find this pasta. I guess it's not very common? Anyways, thanks for the suggestion!

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              Augusta RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 04:07 PM

              Thanks guys for the suggestions-both the cheese tortellini and the the orzo dishes sound yummy. I will definitely NOT use the gnocchi in a cold salad dish. I'm glad I asked!

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                QueenB RE: Augusta Apr 5, 2007 04:18 PM

                You're welcome Augusta! Happy Easter!

              2. operagirl RE: Augusta Apr 6, 2007 09:10 AM

                If you want to make a killer pasta salad, orzo is indeed a great recommendation. My father makes a recipe he calls "Orzo a la Greque" that involves chopped spinach, crumbled feta, diced red onion, kalamata olives, and red wine vinaigrette.

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                  piccola RE: Augusta Apr 7, 2007 06:35 PM

                  I did something similar a while back. I baked fresh gnocchi, cooled them on the sheet pan so they didn't clump, then stored them separately from the other ingredients until I was ready to assemble.

                  I used blanched peas, raw baby spinach, chopped red onion, chopped roasted almonds and a pesto-based dressing. Topped with shaved parmesan, but you could probably sub crumbled feta or goat cheese.

                  Assemble right before serving.

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