Monday, August 22, 2011

The Devil's Pasta Salad with Habanero Chile

The Devil's Pasta Salad with Habanero Chile

We’ve made this delicious pasta salad for 25 years. It is our most requested recipe for vegetarians. Great also with any grill roasted meats, fish or poultry!


1/3 C Red Wine Vinegar

1/2 C Chopped Cilantro

1 1/2 TSP Dijon Mustard

1 1/2 TSP Dark Brown Sugar

2/3 C Olive Oil

2 CLOVES Garlic, minced

1 1/2 TSP Salt

1 TSP Ground Black Pepper


3 C orzo or other small pasta

1 Yellow and Red Bell Pepper cut into 1/4" pieces

2 Habanero Chiles Diced (add the seeds for unreasonable heat)

1 C Whole, medium, pitted, olives

1 C Golden Raisins

1/2 C Chopped Italian Parsley

1/3 C Diced Red Onion

10 OZ Frozen Sweet Peas, cooked and chilled

Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes until just tender.

2. Remove from water, rinse well in warm water and drain.

3. In a large salad bowl whisk all vinaigrette ingredients except oil together and then drizzle in the oil while whisking.

4. Add the orzo and toss well.

5. Add all other ingredients, toss again.

6. This salad is best if chilled over night in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to marry.

7. Serve at room temperature.

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