Saturday, July 4, 2009

Italian Tuna or Shrimp Cold Pasta Salad

I love this with tuna or shrimp, but both is the best! Perfect for any summer picnic, a family favorite always made on the 4th of July!

1 - box 16 0z of baby shells, bow ties, elbows or tri colored pasta
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste, pinch of cayenne pepper
1 cup diced yellow or red bell pepper
1/2 cup chick peas optional
1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives, Italian green or black olives
1/3 cup fresh basil minced
1 can of tuna packed in olive oil drained
4 Hard boiled egg chopped and chopped parsley for garnish
1 cup cleaned tails on shrimp boiled and cooled optional
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold running water
Whisk mayonnaise, oil,garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add bell pepper, chick pea's, tuna, chopped olives and basil, toss to coat well. Garnish with parsley, shrimp and more olives.
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