Whole-wheat pasta salad with grilled zucchini and olives

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1½ pounds Vine-ripened tomatoes chopped
½ cup Red onion; chopped fine
2 Garlic cloves; minced and mashed
; to a paste with 1
; teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Red-wine vinegar
¼ cup Olive oil; (preferabley
; extra-virgin) plus
; additional for
; brushingzucchini
1½ pounds Zucchini; cut diagonally into
; 1/3-inch-thick
; slices
1 pounds Whole-wheat penne or other tubular pasta
⅔ cup Kalamata or other brine-cured black; chopped coarse
; olives
6 ounces Ricotta salata or feta cheese; diced
1½ cup Whole small or torn large fresh basil
; leaves

In a large bowl gently stir together tomatoes, onion, garlic paste, vinegar, and ¼ cup oil.

Brush one side of zucchini slices lightly with additional oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderate heat until hot and grill zucchini, oiled sides down, in batches, brushing tops with more oil before turning, 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until just tender but not soft. Transfer zucchini as grilled to a small bowl.

In a kettle of salted boiling water cook pasta until just tender and drain well. Add hot pasta to tomato mixture and toss well. Cool pasta slightly and stir in zucchini, olives, cheese, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta may be made 4 hours ahead and kept covered at room temperature.

Serve pasta warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6 as an entree or 8 as a side dish.

Gourmet July 1994

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