• Garden Herb Pasta Salad

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  • 1 cup herb vinegar (recipe follows)
    3 tablespoons honey
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 cup rotini pasta
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1 cup chopped zucchini
    1/2 cup sliced black olives, drained
    3 tablespoons chopped, fresh chives
    3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
    1 1/2 cups chopped, fresh basil
    1 tablespoon chopped, fresh thyme
    1 tablespoon chopped, fresh oregano
    1 1/2 cups diced pepperoni (optional)
    1/2 cup sliced fresh carrots
    Bonnie's Herb Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
    To prepare vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, honey and olive oil in a jar with lid or small mixing bowl; shake or whisk to combine. Will keep, refrigerated, for 2 weeks.
    Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool pasta. In a large serving bowl, combine pasta with the remaining ingredients and enough vinaigrette to moisten mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
    HERB VINEGAR: In a pot over medium heat, heat 4 cups red-wine vinegar until steam rises (do not boil). Add 1 cup fresh herbs of choice (leaves and stems of basil, oregano and rosemary, or others) and 1 peeled and smashed garlic clove. Continue to heat for 3 minutes (do not boil). Transfer to a sterile container. Strain out herbs before use in recipe. Store, refrigerated, for up to 6 months. Makes about 4 cups.
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