In NYC we’re constantly dealing with crowds. How could we not with 1.6 million people living in Manhattan plus those that commute in every day? Sometimes you’re caught trying to walk up the stairs on the subway or walk through Union Square and you’re trapped with hundreds of bodies all around you and there’s no place to go. In such situations, I take deep breaths, imagine that I’m in a happier place, and thank god that I’m tall and breathing from a different plain of air than everyone else. Chad, however, dose not have this ability and has huge anxiety when caught in a crowd. He’s figured out drastic ways to avoid them like lining himself up in the subway so it lets out right at the foot of the stairs so he can bolt out before anyone else. He also refuses to go to places that are guaranteed to be a mob scene. Like Soho (specifically Broadway) on a beautiful Saturday, Times Square on any day, and any bar that you have to elbow your way through a crowd to get a drink. He also doesn’t go to NYC grocery stores, especially not during the post-work rush hour. Since I genuinely enjoy grocery shopping and I have the ability to transport myself to the French Alps while waiting on line at Trader Joe’s, grocery shopping predominately falls on me. However, sometimes Chad will do something nice and bring me home a few goodies from the market. It’s usually when I’m away for the weekend and he’s missing me, but he always seems to find something good. This week, I was on a girls trip visiting a friend in Virginia Beach and I came home to this beautiful bouquet of farmer’s market arugula. I know I’m kinda a freak but this arugula was so beautiful it might as well have been a giant bouquet of flowers. So I figured I’d reward him with one of his favorite summertime foods – Pasta Salad. You can thank Chad for the inspiration because boy is this Arugula Caprese Pasta Salad GOOOOD!
Lets start by stating the awesomeness of the flavors we are working with in this pasta salad. Arugula is one of my favorite greens. One might mistake it for spinach by it’s appearance but one bite and your mouth is filled with an explosion of peppery spice. You know the arugula is fresh when it’s extra spicy. In this pasta salad we have tons of arugula zest that is balanced by the flavors of a traditional caprese. I’m talking leafy basil, ruby red tomatoes, and creamy mozzarella cheese. Top it off with a homemade balsamic and olive oil dressing and we’ve got one amazing pasta salad.
Who doesn’t love a fresh caprese salad in the summertime, but as a pasta salad, with arugula? The meaning of caprese has been taken to a new level! This recipe is a perfect side to serve along with your summertime grilling and entertaining or is just delicious on its own. And just wait until those local Jersey tomatoes start popping, I used some local hot-house tomatoes this week, but with the real deal this recipe will be just magical!
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