8 oz uncooked pasta
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sugar (or coconut sugar)
pinch sea salt
1 ball whole milk mozzarella, chopped
1 cup pepperoni, quartered (turkey is typically more mild)
1 can sliced black olives, drained
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (bite-size)
optional: 2 tbsp sliced fresh basil
- Cook pasta fully in salted water according to package directions and drain well. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Set aside to drain well.
- Meanwhile, whisk together ingredients for dressing: olive oil, balsamic, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sugar and a pinch of salt. Taste for seasoning.
- Toss cooled pasta with dressing. Stir in mozzarella, pepperoni, olives and tomatoes (and basil if using). Let sit at least 10 minutes, taste for seasoning and pack it up!