Hodgson Mill recently invited a group of bloggers to test some of their whole wheat pasta line in a summer salad challenge. I received a variety of pastas and I went with the classic spirals to make this salad, which is delicious served either warm or cold. They have also graciously agreed to do a giveaway for my readers; details on that following the recipe. If you haven’t given whole wheat pasta a try in a while, you should–it has a great texture and a slightly nutty flavor that you will enjoy.
I used the fresh tarragon from our herb bed, which, despite being labeled French tarragon when I purchased the plant, is most likely the Russian variety (the plant routinely exceeds four feet in height–that was my first clue). If you don’t have fresh tarragon growing nearby (or if you don’t enjoy its mild anise flavor), you can make this dish with basil, or with a tarragon-parsley mix to blunt the anise flavor.
- 1 pound Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pasta Spirals
- 3 cups fresh tarragon leaves, woody stems removed
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup toasted walnuts
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound medium, cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- Boil the pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook. When the pasta is al dente, drain it well and return it to the pot to mix with the pesto.
- While the pasta is cooking, make the pesto. In a food processor, pulse the tarragon, olive oil, toasted walnuts, garlic, and salt, until you have a slightly coarse sauce. Toss the pesto with the hot, drained pasta, the cooked shrimp, and the cherry tomatoes. Taste and adjust the salt, if needed.
- Serve immediately for a warm salad, or chill for two hours before serving.
I hope you like the new printable recipe function! Now, on to that giveaway–Hodgson Mill is going to give one of my readers a deluxe assortment of their whole-grain products, valued at $25. If you want to enter to win the giveaway, just follow these directions:
1. Leave a comment after this post, discussing either a) what dinosaur you would be, were it scientifically possible to be reanimated in dinosaur form, and/or b) your favorite kind of pasta. Or, you know, whatever you would like to say in the comment section. Just keep it clean, please.
2. For a bonus entry, leave a second comment telling me what kind of produce recipes you would like to see on Seasonal and Savory during the upcoming summer months. This one is not flexible in content, but it is fine if you work in a dinosaur reference.
3. Giveaway is open only to U.S. mailing addresses, and the giveaway will close at 6 p.m., MST, on Wednesday, June 27th. I will select the winner using random.org, and contact the person selected via the email provided in the comment form. If I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected.
Hodgson Mill has also created a Pinterest board of all of the blogger recipes–if you are on Pinterest, please follow Hodgson Mill, and I would love a re-pin! You can also find Hodgson Mill on Facebook.
Disclosure: Hodgson Mill provided an assortment of products for recipe testing, and is providing this reader giveaway opportunity. All opinions are my own, and genuine.
Thanks for reading,