Living in Pittsburgh, I have never heard of this Chicago – based restaurant, but I starred this recipe anyways, and OMG I am so glad that I did! This is so outstanding, and so different from your normal pasta salad. Had it for a friday night happy hour and everyone raved about it!
4 cups cooked Ditalini pasta
1 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
3 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
2-1/2 cups chopped red cabbage
2 fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup sliced green onions
4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese (about 1 cup)
Sweet Italian Dressing:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Cook Ditalini pasta according to package instructions. Make sure you salt the pasta water while cooking to give it some flavor. Drain and cool. Set aside.
Cook bacon in a skillet until done. Let bacon cool, then crumble it.
Combine romaine, iceberg, red cabbage, tomatoes and green onions in large salad bowl.
Add cooled pasta, bacon and gorgonzola cheese to salad.
Add dressing to taste right before serving so that it doesn’t get soggy.
For the Dressing: Place vinegar, garlic, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper in a blender. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle olive oil through the blender top or feed tube until dressing is combined and emulsified. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.