Cougar Vineyard & Winery Antipasto Salad

Pair with Cougar Vineyard & Winery 2009 Estate Sangiovese


Recipe Courtesy of Cougar Vineyard & Winery


1/2 lb rotini or fusilli (corkscrew-shaped pastas) 

1 garlic clove 

1/2 tbsp Dijon-style mustard 

3 tbsp red-wine vinegar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 

1/2 tbsp water 

1/4 cup vegetable oil 

1/2 oz (1/4 cup) sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), soaked in hot water for 5 minutes and drained well

1/4 lb smoked mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 

8 oz canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 

1 1/4 oz sliced hard salami, cut into julienne strips 

5 to 10 small pepperoncini (pickled Tuscan peppers) 

1/4 tsp dried hot red pepper flakes

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves, minced

In a kettle of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until it is tender and drain. Refresh the pasta under cold water and drain well.
In a blender, blend the garlic, mustard, vinegars, water, oil and salt to taste, until the dressing is emulsified. In a large bowl, toss the pasta well with the dressing and stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, garbanzos, salami, pepperoncinis, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
Chill salad, covered, for 1 hour. The salad may be made up to 2 days in advance.


Pair with Cougar Vineyard & Winery 2009 Estate Sangiovese 


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  • Snooth User: Samuel
    1156379 17

    It is wonderful to have such wine THANK U

    Nov 08, 2012 at 10:51 AM

  • I am going to try it this weekend.

    Nov 09, 2012 at 2:23 PM

  • Snooth User: Samuel
    1156379 17

    Try it u will enjoy it.

    Nov 10, 2012 at 3:46 AM

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