Luc’s Garlic Pasta Salad

Serves 6 as a meal or 12 as a side dish

This is a fabulous pasta salad that can be “veggied up” for a healthy meal, or served as is for a rich and satisfying side dish at a BBQ.  Known simply as “that garlic salad”, it was enthusiastically requested at every potluck lunch, summer or winter, at my former place of work.  Thank goodness Luc gave me the recipe before I left!

Dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

½ cup balsamic vinegar

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

3-6 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely minced

Combine ingredients in a medium jar with a tight lid, and shake vigorously.  Store dressing in the jar until you are ready to serve the salad, up to two days ahead.

Salad:

900 g fusilli or rotini pasta, cooked and cooled

1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced

Top with ½ cup chopped parsley, if you want to get fancy

Optional – peppers, broccoli, snow peas, carrots… just about any vegetable, really

Toss salad with dressing just before serving.  Make sure everyone has some so you don’t offend each other with your garlic breath for the rest of the day.

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