Two-Pepper Pasta Salad

Two-Pepper Pasta Salad: An tangy pasta salad made with sweet bell pepper, pickled sweet banana peppers, onion and parsley.

Pickled sweet banana peppers make a great basis for flavoring a pasta salad. Combined with fresh, sweet, bell pepper and a pungent dressing made with some of the pickling liquid from the peppers and a little anchovy paste, the dish has a nice mix of sweet and sour elements. The anchovy paste is optional if you don't care for the flavor.

Two-Pepper Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 side dish servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 side dish servings

  • Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces rotini, penne or other pasta
  • 1 medium orange (or red) bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pickled sweet banana peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pickling liquid from the peppers
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon anchovy paste (optional)

Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, pickling liquid, red wine vinegar, mustard and anchovy paste. Pour over the pasta and mix well. Allow to stand for 15 minutes at room temperature to allow the flavors to blend.

Add the bell pepper, pickled peppers, onion and parsley. Mix well, season to taste with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little extra olive oil before serving.

Recipe Notes:
You can find pickled sweet banana peppers either whole or sliced on the pickle aisle of most supermarkets. We like to use the whole variety because we find that they hold their crunch a little better.

comments & replies

Yummy banana peppers are a great addition to the salad. Will add them for sure.

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