Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender (but still firm to the bite), stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta.
In a blender, combine the basil, basil paste, vinegar, garlic, mustard, onion, salt and peppe.r Blend until the herbs are finely chopped. With the machine running, drizzle in the olive oil until the vinaigrette is smooth.
In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with dressing, toss to coat, and serve. (Serves 6 as a main course or 10 as a side salad.)
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