• Smoked Pasta Salad
 
  • Smoked Pasta Salad
 

Smoked Pasta Salad

Smoked Pasta Salad
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  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time10 mins
  • Cook time12 mins
  • Serves8 - 12
  • HardwoodApple

We’re adding some wood-fired flavor to this picnic classic. Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, peppers, and salami get a kiss of Traeger smoke before getting tossed with pasta in a light, Italian vinaigrette.

Ingredients

Pasta Salad:

  • 1 lb tri-color rotini pasta
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese balls, cut in half
  • 1 lb hard salami slices, chopped
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • sliced pepperoncini peppers

Italian Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Pasta Salad:

  • 1 lb tri-color rotini pasta
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese balls, cut in half
  • 1 lb hard salami slices, chopped
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • sliced pepperoncini peppers

Italian Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Preparation

When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to the Smoke setting (set to Super Smoke if using a WiFIRE-enabled grill) and preheat, lid closed, for 5 minutes.

Place all ingredients besides pasta on a sheet tray. Place tray on grill and smoke for 10 minutes. Remove from grill and set aside.

Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add a large spoonful of salt to the water. Stir in the dried pasta and cook according to package instructions for al dente.

While the pasta is boiling, whisk all the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a small bowl and set aside.

Drain the pasta, and rinse with cold water in a colander. Shake off the excess water and place the pasta in a large mixing bowl.

Chop all the salad ingredients. Place all ingredients into mixing bowl with pasta. Pour the vinaigrette over the top and toss well to coat. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Place in refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time10 mins
  • Cook time12 mins
  • Serves8 - 12
  • HardwoodApple