Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • kosher salt
  • 2-3 small red or yellow beets, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt + pepper
  • 1 pound short cut pasta (use gluten free if needed)
  • 4-6 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 small yellow summer squash or zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears fresh corn, kernels removed from the cob
  • 1 large bunch watercress or spinach
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the basil, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and a pinch red pepper flakes until smooth. Taste and adjust salt as needed.!SaladPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.Toss the beets together with the olive oil and a good pinch of both salt + pepper. Spread the beets out in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are tender and charred on the edges.Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until a dente. Drain and add the pasta to a large serving bowl. To the hot pasta, add the goat cheese and couple large spoonfuls of the basil vinaigrette, toss well until the goat cheese coats the pasta completely. Add the yellow squash, fresh corn and watercress and toss to combine. Top the pasta with the roasted beets and avocado. Serve the remaining vinaigrette on the side.
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