isn’t it the best when a random, thrown-together moment in the kitchen turns into a favorite recipe. that’s the case for this salad.
there’s a chain of restaurants in texas called cafe express that i love. i’m enough of a food snob that chain restaurants aren’t always my favorite. but how in the world can you not love one that has a food bar stocked with all you can eat sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, capers, gherkins, pepperoncini peppers and shredded parmesan cheese. for those of you dear friends who live near a cafe express, consider yourself lucky.
as for me, i was inspired to make my own pasta salad, cafe express-style. after grabbing from my pantry all of my favorite available ingredients, i ended up with this one. now, it’s one of derek’s favorites. honestly, he asked for it for his birthday meal last year. and everyone needs an easy, delicious and quick pasta salad at the ready for a lazy spring evening.