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Peach Pasta Salad

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"This is a recipe that I have been making for years. It was always a favorite of my kids, and now the grandkids love it as well. Goes great at any summer barbecue. I sometimes use mangos instead of the peach. If fresh basil and thyme are available, the recipe is even better."
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Ingredients

1 h 40 m servings 374 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. When cool, crumble the bacon and set aside.
  3. Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in the shell pasta and return to a boil; cook the pasta uncovered over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still slightly firm, about 13 minutes.
  4. Rinse pasta thoroughly in cold water several times to chill, and drain well.
  5. Place the vinegar, sugar, basil, thyme, garlic, salt, curry powder, and black pepper into the pitcher of a blender; blend on high speed until smooth. Reduce blender speed to low and slowly pour the canola oil into the blender to make a creamy dressing.
  6. Place the bacon, cooked pasta, peaches, parsley, celery, red bell pepper, and green onions into a large salad bowl and toss to combine.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss again to coat with dressing.
  8. Refrigerate salad for 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 374 calories; 32.2 g fat; 17.6 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g protein; 10 mg cholesterol; 515 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This was delicious! Made it for the first time for company and it got rave reviews! Used nectarines 'cause the store was out of peaches (go figure!) - they did not brown (which I was concerned...

This is amazing! Really worth getting out the blender and making the dressing. I didn't have the bacon, but used cooked chicken in its place. Wow!!! They should bottle this dressing--I'd eat...

My husband doesn't usually like fruit a non-fruit salad, but he ended up taking a third helping of this salad. The dressing was super amazing. The curry powder adds a nice accent to the basil. I...

I turned this recipe into a potato salad by using steam-cooked, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in place of the pasta. I also added a cup of peas. The dressing is fragrant & delicious. It makes fo...