I am so excited it's grilling season! One of my favorites times of the year. With every good burger, grilled chicken breast or shrimp kabob you always need a tasty partner. This side dish is a winner!
Recipe adapted from the Food Network, courtesy of The Bidens. Although I may not agree with their political views, I will politely adapt their recipe and share with y'all (because it's pretty dang good).
⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
⅓ fresh lemon juice
¼ cup finely minced sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper
red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 carton cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 pound penne pasta (I used whole grain)
12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, onion, garlic and sugar in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
Add the tomatoes and gently toss. Let sit for 20 minutes.
While tomatoes are marinating, cook past to package directions. Pour into colander and run under cold water; drain.
Add pasta and mozzarella to bowl and mix with tomatoes. Stir in basil and season with more salt & pepper, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Enjoy! Make sure and save some for lunch tomorrow; I find it to be even tastier the next day! Thanks Joe for the inspiration...of a good side dish that is :)