Dressing for this pasta salad?
- QueenB May 30, 2007 08:24 AM
On another site I read, someone mentioned seeing a pasta salad in a store with bowties, prosciutto and peas. It sounded really good to me, and I'm going to make it for a cookout this weekend, but I'm a bit stumped on the dressing.
What would I dress it with? Balsamic? Italian dressing? Something with lemon?
Suggestions would be wonderful!
Off the top, I'd say your own suggestions would be tasty. If the weather will be on the hot side, I'd steer clear of a mayo based dressing...but a flavorful Italian dressing should work, keeping in mind the prosciutto is salty.
I've made a similar-sounding dish, but it was a main dish. I made a cream and parmesan cheese sauce to go with it.
But for a cookout, on a warm summer day, I wouldn't go that way. I think I'd go with a balsamic dressing to pull the sweetness of the peas out. Maybe a white balsamic though so the color is still light.
Tarragon vinegar and/or lemon juice with some good quality olive oil. Mmmm. I find balsamic a bit strong and it could take over the flavors. Add some zest of lemon too.
I would make some pesto and add mayo and lemon juice to consistancy. I might even add some gorgonzola crumbles depending on the crowd.
I agree with Gio with leaving the mayo out -
I would try a balsamic type of dressng with either a hint of mint or cilantro.