Summer Sausage and Pasta Salad

Serves 8

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon style mustard
teaspoon minced fresh garlic
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups cooked whole wheat rotini pasta
4 ounces summer sausage, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
cup chopped green bell pepper
cup chopped fresh basil
cup grated Parmesan cheese
Additional fresh basil leaves for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl and with a wire whisk, mix oil, mustard, garlic and pepper together.  Add cooked rotini to the oil and toss to coat all surfaces. 
  2. Stir in sausage, tomatoes, bell peppers, basil and Parmesan. 
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with additional basil leaves.
  4. Transport to picnic in a chilled ice chest. 
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