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Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad

Easy Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad is full of aromatic vegetables, olives and penne pasta. It is tossed in a simple olive-mustard vinaigrette and is perfect for picnics or potlucks.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 364kcal
Author Iryna

Ingredients

For the mushrooms

For the salad

  • 12 oz Penne pasta or any other pasta that you have
  • 1/2 c red bell pepper finely diced, Note 2
  • 1 c sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 c green olives halved, Note 1
  • 1/2 c cilantro chopped

For the dressing

Instructions

To make marinated mushrooms

  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add mushrooms and cook on a medium low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, dill and salt. Drain mushrooms and add them to a bowl with marinade. Set aside for at least 2 hours or overnight.

To make a dressing

  • In a medium bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

To assemble the salad

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil, add Penne pasta and cook for 10 to 13 minutes or until well done.
  • Drain pasta and add it to a bowl with marinated mushrooms along with red bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and cilantro.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix to combine. Enjoy!

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Notes

Note 1
In this recipe I used pepper stuffed green olives. That's just what I had, but in reality any kind of olive will work in this salad: Kalamata, regular unstuffed green olives, Castelvetrano. Just make sure you're using pitted olives.
 
Note 2
Orange or yellow pepper will work here too.

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.9g | Protein: 8.3g | Fat: 20.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 4mg