Lemon Capellini Pasta Salad
Lemon Capellini Pasta Salad – Sprouts Farmers Market
When John and I visited Arizona this spring, we discovered this fabulous salad at Sprouts Farmers Market. Since we don’t have a Sprouts store close by, I found this copycat recipe. It tastes exactly like the one from Sprouts! I can’t find capellini noodles locally, so I did order them online. We love the extra thin noodles. All the fresh herbs grow in my garden, so that also added to the salad’s perfect copycat taste. Enjoy!
1 lb. capellini noodles (Extra thin spaghetti noodles that are hard to find in stores. Order online.)
4 cups finely diced grape or cherry tomatoes
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 4 or 5 large lemons
zest of one lemon
6 oz. jar capers, drained (reserve brine)
1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt (to taste)
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons caper brine
big handful fresh basil, chopped fine
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 Tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash original table blend
Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente noodles. Don’t overcook. Once noodles are done, rinse them with cold water, drain them well, and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, drained capers, 2 Tablespoons of the brine, salt, pepper, garlic, sugar, fresh chopped herbs, and Mrs. Dash. Whisk well and pour over the cold noodles. Toss to combine so everything is evenly distributed and all the noodles are coated with the dressing. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Josmo’s Café variation. For a complete meal, add cooked diced chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken to the pasta salad. John and I do that and serve it over lettuce. The dressing on the pasta salad coats the lettuce to create a perfect one-dish meal.
Makes approximately 6 to 8 servings and is easy to cut in half.
By Melissa July 14, 2020