A couple months ago my family and I traveled to San Diego for a weekend getaway. While we were there we visited Seaport Village, a fun little shopping area that has several restaurants and plenty of places to fly a kite. While chasing my son around, I happened upon a new oil & vinegar shop: Seaport Oil and Vinegar. I don't know about you, but olive oil is like my flour or butter. I use it constantly in everything from salad dressings to pasta sauces. So when I discovered that they not only sold plain olive oil, but flavor infused olive oils, I knew I had to try some. Since I'm also a huge garlic fan, I bought a bottle of their garlic olive oil and it's as delicious as you might imagine.
I use olive oil often for salad dressings, so I thought it would be a good choice as the base of the vinaigrette I made for this antipasto pasta salad from Parents Magazine. I wasn't wrong. Since the recipe already calls for minced garlic in the dressing, the garlic olive oil punches up that garlic flavor even more, really giving the salad a nice Italian flavor. But it honestly doesn't matter if you have garlic olive oil or the regular extra virgin variety. This pasta salad is delicious no matter which oil you use. And because it's made with pasta instead of lettuce, it's filling enough to be an entree, hot or cold.
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