Gemelli Pasta Salad Recipe That’s Awesome

Gemelli pasta is a spiral shaped noodle that has a great consistency and works for a lot of different meals. I threw together this pasta salad recipe because it works well any time of the year and it’s a pretty healthy dinner.

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What You’ll Need to Make This Gemelli Pasta Salad

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareSmall kitchen knifeAmazon
CookwareCutting boardAmazon
CookwareLarge mixing bowlAmazon
Cookware1 Cup dry measuring cupAmazon
Cookware1 cup Pyrex liquid measuring cupAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoons – all sizesAmazon
CookwareCling wrapAmazon
CookwareOven mittsAmazon
CookwareWooden mixing spoonAmazon
CookwareLarge potAmazon
CookwareColanderAmazon
CookwareLarge serving bowlAmazon
CookwareSpatulaAmazon
Ingredient2 cups uncooked Gemelli pasta noodles from BarillaStore
IngredientLarge avocado, choppedStore
IngredientTwo medium to large sized tomatoes, choppedStore
Ingredient1 cup grated parmesan & romano cheeseStore
Ingredient2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, washedStore
Ingredient1/2 cup extra virgin olive oilStore
Ingredient2 tablespoons lime juiceStore
Ingredient1/4 cup red wine vinegarStore
IngredientPinch of salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)Store

Let’s get this gemelli pasta started by grabbing a cutting board and a small kitchen knife.

cutting board with knife

Get your large avocado. I got lucky enough to find a ripe one when a lot of them were messed up or too hard at the store.

avocado

Chop up the avocado for this gemelli pasta.

avocado for gemelli pasta

Grab a large mixing bowl.

large mixing bowl

Dump that avocado into the large mixing bowl.

avocado being dumped in bowl

Once that’s in there, go find your tomatoes for the gemelli pasta salad.

two tomatoes

Wash those guys off.

washing a tomato for gemelli pasta salad

Dry them before cutting.

drying a tomato for gemelli pasta salad

Set the tomatoes on the cutting board and chop them up. You can leave out the center parts for the Gemelli pasta.

cutting tomatoes for Gemelli pasta

Once those are chopped, throw them in the bowl with the avocado.

avocado and tomato in bowl for gemelli pasta recipe

Then, grab 1 cup for this part of the Gemelli pasta salad.

1 cup measuring cup

Get your grated parmesan and romano cheese.

parmesan and romano cheese for gemelli pasta

Measure out 1 cup of that. Look at all that cheese.

1 cup parmesan

Dump that into the mixing bowl with the avocado and tomato.

dumping cheese in bowl for gemelli pasta

Go and grab your cilantro next. Whenever I think of cilantro, it always reminds me of Emeril Lagasse talking about putting some into whatever he’d be making on his Food Network show back in the day.

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cilantro

After washing it, chop up a handful on the cutting board.

cilantro on cutting board

Measure two tablespoons of the cilantro for this Gemelli pasta salad and throw them into the mixing bowl.

cilantro in gemelli pasta mix

Following that, grab your Pyrex measuring cup.

Pyrex measuring cup for Gemelli pasta recipe

Get your extra virgin olive oil and measure out half a cup for this part of the gemelli pasta recipe.

Bertolli extra virgin olive oil for gemelli pasta recipe
extra virgin olive oil

Pour that into the big mixing bowl and then grab your lime juice.

lime juice

Measure 1 tablespoon of that into the big bowl. Grab the red wine vinegar after that and measure 1/4 cup. Dump into the big bowl.

red wine vinegar

Once that’s done, grab a spatula and mix things around. That olive oil might make the cheese clump up, so do your best to work that around in there.

mixing gemelli pasta salad ingredients

It’ll be ready for the fridge when it looks like the image below.

Mixing gemelli pasta salad ingredients

This doesn’t have to go in the fridge, but I feel like chilling it helps all the juices marinate with the fruits more (yea, avocados and tomatoes are both fruits). Plus, most pasta salads are served cold.

Anyways, cover your bowl in some cling wrap and put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Once that gemelli pasta is done cooking and cooled off a bit, it’ll be time to grab it again.

cling wrap on bowl in fridge

Now, grab the Gemelli pasta.

Gemelli pasta noodles

Also, grab a large pot.

large pot

Fill that with some water, about half way. That’s maybe a few quarts. Turn the heat to high on the burner.

pot filled with water

Once that water is boiling, dump all the noodles in there.

boiling pasta noodles

Set a 12 minute timer on the stove. That’s a pretty standard amount of time for pasta to be boiled.

12 minute timer

While it’s in there, throw in a pinch of salt.

pinch of salt in gemelli pasta

Use a wooden spoon to mix it around periodically so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

mixing gemelli pasta

Once that’s done, grab a strainer. The noodles should be soft but not too soft.

strainer

Set the strainer in your sink.

strainer

Dump the cooked gemelli pasta in there to drain. Use oven mitts as the handles on the pot will be pretty hot.

pasta in strainer

Once that’s drained, either let it sit there for the time being or dump it back into the main large pot. Either way, go get the large bowl out of the fridge and combine the two things together in the large pot.

dumping salad mix into gemelli pasta

Mix that around really well and grab a large bowl for the gemelli pasta.

giant bowl

Pour everything into the serving bowl and you’re all set to enjoy some Gemelli pasta salad!

gemelli pasta salad

Notecard Version of it

Chop up a large avocado and two medium or large tomatoes into a big mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup of parmesan & romano grated cheese to the mixing bowl. Chop up 2 tablespoons of cilantro to add in there, too.
Add half a cup of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar to the bowl. Mix everything around with a large spoon or spatula. Cover the bowl in cling wrap and put it in the fridge while you cook the Gemelli pasta noodles.
Fill up a large pot about halfway and bring to a boil. Put in the 2 cups of Gemelli noodles with a pinch of salt and mix it around periodically for 12 minutes. Once that’s finished cooking and drained in a colander (in the sink), go grab the bowl that’s in the fridge.
Mix everything together in the large pot and then put it in a bowl for serving.

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Bob Buckley

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