Patriotic Pasta Salad

Published July 24, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Patriotic Pasta Salad

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1-1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch strips
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients ingredients; set aside. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic and basil in oil until garlic is tender. Pour over pasta. Add the cauliflower, tomatoes, green onions, red pepper, cheese and dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-14 servings.



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