Sunday, August 23, 2009

Guest Post: Summer Pasta Salad with Basil Lemon Mayo

This one comes courtesy of local foodie, A.Dyer.

Hmm, how to introduce something as glorious and amazing as the idea of Basil Mayonnaise over a pasta salad of sweet peppers, cucumber and Farfalle? Does it really need any introduction? The idea of marrying the flavors of fresh garden basil, tart lemon and stone ground mustard into a creamy fresh mayonnaise is almost indecent it's so good! Add to that the sweet crisp of miniature sweet peppers, the cool crunch of English cucumbers and the delicate texture of al dente farfalle and you have a match made in heaven!

Basil Lemon Mayonnaise

1 c. basil leaves
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 extra large egg yolks
1 T. lemon juice
2/3 c. olive oil
2/3 c. sunflower oil
1/3 c. stone ground mustard
salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, pulse the basil leaves and garlic until finely minced. Remove and set aside. Clean the bowl and add the egg yolks and lemon juice - process them briefly until lightly blended. Stir the oils together and, with the machine running, pour in the oil very slowly, a little at a time, in a very thin stream until all of the oil has been added. With the processor still running, add the mustard and the garlic basil mixture. Pulse until thoroughly incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For Salad:
1 lb. box farfalle pasta
1 English cucumber, diced
3 c. sweet miniature peppers, seeded and chopped.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse until cool. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the cucumber and peppers. Add half of the mayonnaise and stir to incorporate. Refrigerator until ready to serve.

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