The flavors of this decadent pasta salad are more complex than any you've tasted!
There are always dozens of chicken salads, tuna salads, pastas and grains to choose from, each culling different tastes from around the world. And while the store-bought versions usually fall flat, it doesn't mean those same flavors won't translate into a delicious dish made at home.
Recently, a reader requested "copycat" recipes from the Whole Foods salad bar, and I jumped at the chance. After cruising the Whole Foods website for inspiration, I settled on "Sinful Smoked Gouda Pasta." (Yes, I am the stereotypical Southerner who goes straight for the recipe that uses mayonnaise. I do not apologize.) The flavors seemed classic, but what really sold me was the smoky spin. The choice was a home run!
Pasta salad is a particular favorite of mine (you can never have too many in your arsenal), and this version -- with smoked gouda, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts -- is rich, creamy, and one of the best I've made yet.
Not only is this salad easy, but it is jam-packed with flavor. Fire-roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, smoked gouda and fresh herbs amp up the ingredient list, but it's the creamy dressing that knocks it out of the park: the smoky heat from adobo sauce infuses it with loads of char-grilled flavor. The flavors are more complex than any pasta salad I've tasted!
Is this recipe a little decadent? Perhaps. I've seen (and made) worse. But it sure is delicious. It definitely has a wow factor that will impress any discriminating party guests, and that is the result I am always after.
PASTA SALAD WITH GOUDA, RED PEPPERS AND ARTICHOKE HEARTS
For the dressing:
For the pasta salad:
For the pasta salad, toss the cooked noodles, peppers, artichokes and gouda together in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and mix to combine. Allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate overnight (allow 30 minutes to warm to room temperature before serving). Taste and adjust any seasonings, if necessary.
Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain, shaking to remove excess water. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil and toss to coat. Spread noodles on a sheet pan and transfer to refrigerator to cool.
Smoked gouda should be available from the appetizing department of a well-stocked grocery store.
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