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Written by Whole Grain Gourmet   
Monday, 21 July 2008 01:08

Penne Pasta Salad

This simple whole wheat pasta salad is one of our favorites. The combination of flavors really lends itself to whole wheat pasta. The sweet acidity of the balsamic vinegar pairs perfectly with the fresh basil and creates a delightful contrast to the hint of fresh garlic. The sundried tomatoes and fresh shredded parmesan provide just the right accent. The peas and corn give it great texture.

This recipe was inspired by a salad served at our favorite bakery. We now live too far away to eat there, but the dish lives on with us through this recipe. If only I could re-create their sourdough bread at home… stay tuned!


Tuscan Penne Pasta Salad


  • 1 lb whole wheat penne
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/3 up fresh basil, slivered
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan


  1. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Prepare the pasta al dente, according to the package instructions.
  3. I use frozen corn and peas and boil them for 3 minutes. Promptly transfer to cold water to preserve some crispness.
  4. Strain the pasta and promptly add the corn, peas, scallions, sun dried tomatoes, and the dressing. Stir to combine well.
  5. Allow the pasta salad to cool before adding the basil and parmesan.

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