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Banzanella Pasta Salad

The following recipe and photography was provided by our partners at Banza.

All aboard! This summer-inspired pasta salad featuring Banza’s chickpea-based pasta wheels is a one way ticket on the train to flavor town.

Mixed with fresh veggies, creamy Mozzarella cheese and topped with a tangy vinaigrette, this pasta salad is a delicious side dish or light lunch!

Banzanella Pasta Salad

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 box Banza wheels
  • 1 ½ lbs. tomatoes, chopped and divided
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • 4 oz. mozzarella balls
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Place half of the cut tomatoes onto a baking tray and drizzle with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil plus a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Broil on high for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In the meantime, bring a large pot of salty water to a boil, then add in the Banza wheels. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain but do not rinse.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil in a large saut̩é pan over medium heat. Once warm, add the drained wheels to the pan and saut̩é for 2-3 minutes until slightly crispy.
  4. Add the pasta to a large bowl with the broiled tomatoes, remaining raw tomatoes, red onion, avocado, mozzarella and fresh basil.
  5. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, then pour over the salad. Mix well and serve!

Banzanella Pasta Salad

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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