Angelcot Pasta Salad

by Chris on July 7, 2008

divino/divine

The other day, I wrote about angelcots I picked up at Trader Joes. While I ate a couple as is, I still had quite a few I had to use. Since they were pricey, I didn’t want to let them go to waste. What to do….what to do? They are white apricots, so I went to some apricot recipes I had previously and decided to make a version of an apricot pasta salad.

I left out the chicken that was noted in the original recipe. However, this salad would be a great accompaniment with a chicken dish and fruity wine.

Angelcot Pasta Salad
1 cup whole wheat fusilli pasta, uncooked
6 fresh angelcots, sliced into ¼-inch thick slices
1 zucchini, julienned1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Apricot Basil Dressing

Cook pasta as according to package directions, or until desires doneness; drain and let cool. Combine pasta, apricots, chicken, zucchini, red pepper, and basil in bowl. Toss with dressing. Makes 4-6 servings.

Angelcot-Basil Dressing
2 angelcots, pitted and roughly chopped
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
½ Tbsp. sugar1 tbsp fresh basil
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender

and process until thick and smooth.

Makes 1 cup (unless you spill…ha!)

The basil used in both the salad and the dressing, fresh from my newly completed patio-herb garden, is the reason I am contributing this dish in WHB, created by the one & only Kalyn, hosted this week by Simona (Briciole). [See the new and improved rules here.]

I wrote about basil in a previous post. If you don’t know too much about basil, other than its fabulous, check out my post and see about its origins and how it is good for you medicinally.

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On a non-food note…I am in love….again…with Ed. Ed Hardy. I was in the eye glass shop the other day and saw these glasses on display. Now…let me begin by saying, I have a love/hate relationship with sunglasses. For some reason, I have a really difficult time finding ones I like on my crooked nose. Oddly enough, the ones I usually end up buying are the cheapos.

I tried them on. Bad…Bad! Why is it that the one time I instantly loved the glasses on my nose, they had a price tag of $330? Ahh! Now, they are cheaper on the website ($264), but I (as I bow my head) can’t. Yes, I admit I took a breathe and inhaled….thinking, damn, I would look cute in these. But, with gas at over $4.00/gallon I can’t justify paying (what would be equal) to a car payment. Crap! Being a responsible adult sure does bite sometimes.

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