Gluten Free Garden Pasta Salad

Making a really good gluten free pasta salad that you would feed to people whom you love…

…is a challenge.

 

The noodles need to hold their shape in the salad, they can’t fall apart, and it would be  nice if they tasted good as well.

Listen peeps, I have the recipe for you!

 

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What’chu Need, Baby You Know I Got It:

  • 2 boxes of Quinoa brand rotelle pasta
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 package of apple sausage, sliced
  • handful of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

 

Here’s What You Do:

 

1) Boil Your Gluten Free Noodles!

Keep an eye on them for 8-9 minutes. These noodles can be tricky.  Don’t under-cook, but for heavens sake…don’t over-cook!

 

 

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I like rotele noodles because they’re fun, and they’re easier to fork than penne. 

2)  While the noodles are boiling, cut your veg and let them marinate for a few minutes:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • handful of chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

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4) Now slice your apple sausage and cook in a pan for 5 minutes:

 

IMG_5491I prefer Aidells sausage because you can find nitrite free sausage, and they are almost always gluten free.

5) Combine them all!

Stir lightly with a large spoon so you don’t break the noodles.  I also added some sliced parmesan on top for some added zest.

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