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By: Enrique Gili on June 22, 2011, 8:04 a.m.
Penne Pasta Salad with Black Olives

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Penne Pasta Salad with Black Olives

A quick and hearty pasta salad that tastes even better chilled the day after.
Penne Pasta Salad with Black Olives


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1 pound penne pasta, dry weight
  • 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, halved
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Time estimates

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes


  1. To make the dressing, combine 4 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and garlic in small jar. Close lid and shake well. After several minutes remove garlic.
  2. Add pasta to large pot of boiling water. Cook for about 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place in large mixing bowl and add 1 tablespoon of oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Add tomatoes, basil and black olives. Add dressing and toss gently. Garnish with cheese.

Serves 4-6