Pasta Salad with Green Onion Dressing

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

GREEN ONION DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onions ( scallions), trimmed, white bottoms and green tops separated
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
PASTA SALAD:
  • 12 ounces bow tie pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick rings
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 orange pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
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Directions

For the green onion dressing:
Heat a grill. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil over the white portion of the green onions. Place the white bottoms of the green onions on the hot grill and grill until they are slightly softened and charred. Put the grilled whites of the green onions, the green onion tops, garlic, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and remaining olive oil in a blender, puree until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the sour cream. Season the dressing with salt, and black pepper, to taste. Set the dressing aside.

For the pasta salad:
Heat a grill. Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl, toss with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Drizzle the remaining 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil over the red onion rings and season with salt.

Place the red onions on the hot grill and grill until softened, approximately 10 minutes, remove the onions from the grill. Coarsely dice the grilled red onions. Add the chopped red onions, red pepper, yellow pepper, orange pepper, chopped parsley, and green onion dressing to the pasta. Mix to incorporate all ingredients. Season the pasta with salt, and pepper, to taste. Garnish with toasted coconut.

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  • on November 07, 2012

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    Unique pasta salad recipe with a very different oniony dressing. Better with the coconut for sure!

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  • on August 21, 2012

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    We loved this! I do have to say I did not use the coconut. I would have loved to but I am the only coconut person in my house. I think we all liked the grilled onions the most. They were so sweet. I think the coconut would have been another great sweet element to balance the oniony flavor from the green onions. It was still good though.

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  • on January 19, 2012

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    This dressing came out amazing. I made this early in the day to have it chill in the refrigerator for later and I really think it helped add flavor to the dressing. It is super easy to make, and it tastes great. A little more salt and pepper is needed, and I eliminated the coconut as my boyfriend and myself aren't the biggest fans of it. Overall, LOVED this dressing and will definitely make it again.

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