This chilled pasta salad is perfect as a side dish or a main course. Serve with warm garlic bread and the perfect wine!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, pepper, onion powder, mustard, garlic, basil, oregano, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. Add the tomatoes, green onions and olives to the bowl, and stir to coat. Refrigerate.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 7 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and rinse with cold water to cool. Add pasta to the bowl of dressing, and mix well. Top with mozzarella cheese and pine nuts. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

505.5 calories; 18.9 g protein; 50.7 g carbohydrates; 20 mg cholesterol; 730.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2005
Great recipe!! It was even better as leftovers once all the flavors had more time to blend. I'll definitely make this again but will omit the Tabasco sauce as the tabasco kind of tasted out of place with all of the other fresh herb flavors. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/16/2006
OK- because everyone else had given this 5 stars I thought this was a no fail recipie. Boy was I wrong. I made this for Easter not bothering to try it first. First of all the amount of ingrediants was 15 dollars worth of stuff I didn't have - just for one dish. Time to chop and prepare also made this time consuming. And on top of everything else it tasted horrible. I will never make this again! Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2005
Great recipe!! It was even better as leftovers once all the flavors had more time to blend. I'll definitely make this again but will omit the Tabasco sauce as the tabasco kind of tasted out of place with all of the other fresh herb flavors. Read More
(26)
Rating: 1 stars
04/16/2006
OK- because everyone else had given this 5 stars I thought this was a no fail recipie. Boy was I wrong. I made this for Easter not bothering to try it first. First of all the amount of ingrediants was 15 dollars worth of stuff I didn't have - just for one dish. Time to chop and prepare also made this time consuming. And on top of everything else it tasted horrible. I will never make this again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2005
This was very good. It took a lot of prep time chopping all the herbs but was worth it. I forgot the ripe olives & Parmi so I used Kalamata & & Pecorino Romano & cut back on the salt.I toasted the pine nuts for more flavor-yum. Will make again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2005
This was an excellent recipe for a large picnic...everybody raved about it and wanted the recipe... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
Very yummy! I added cooked chicken breast and some pancetta to make it a main meal. I mixed the first 14 ingredients in a food processor so I wouldn't have to chop anything up. I added 1/4 c of the pine nuts into the processor as well. I also used fresh mozzarella as was suggested. So good! I made the mistake of not letting it sit for at least an hour and the flavors were so overpowering. Our taste buds were maxed out for the rest of the evening. The next day the flavors were just right and delicious. Try heating it up in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to soften the cheese slightly. Delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2005
I know why the "fabulous" is in the title. This recipe was the best. I served it for a dinner party and all guests wanted the recipe- I call that a success! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2007
I followed the recipe as written with a few exceptions. I left out the tabasco and olives and although I used all fresh herbs I used less that stated although still in the same proportions. Delicious. A big hit with my co-workers. To chop the herbs I put them in a juice glass and use kitchen shears to cut. Not time consuming at all! Next time I may use white vinegar. I found the red a little strong... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2006
Yummy! I used herbs straight out of my garden and it had wonderful flavor. THe only thing I would change is to omit the Tabsaco - I think it would have been better without. A great summer recipe!!! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2010
Made this for a baby shower last weekend and it was to die for. Substituted sun dried tomatoes for the roma and added chopped rotisserie chicken to make it a main dish. Absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait to make this again. The best pasta salad I have ever had. Read More
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