Pasta Salad with Herbed Wine Dressing


  • 1/4 cup St. James Winery Pioneer White Wine
  • 3/4 cup light raisins
  • 4 ounces macaroni pasta
  • 3/4 cup Greek olives or ripe olives, pitted, and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or salad oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a small saucepan heat the wine over medium heat just until warm. Add raisins. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes to plump.
  2. Drain raisins, reserving wine. Set raisins and wine aside.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the directions.
  4. Meanwhile, in a screw top jar combine reserved wine, oil, lemon juice, basil, green onion, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cover and shake well.
  6. In a large mixing bowl toss together cooked pasta and raisins.
  7. Pour dressing over pasta mixture, and toss to coat.
  8. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.