Spring Into Summer Pasta Salad

pasta saladWith the weather warming up, we felt like having a refreshing pasta salad to accompany our grilled pork chops. This is a great pasta salad to make your own. Use what you have in the fridge. Feel free to switch out the dressing, cheese, or veggies to create a new flavor. We chose to go Italian, but why not Greek or Spanish?

Spring Into Summer Pasta Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. pasta (we used tri-color rotini)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, finely diced
  • 5-6 large, fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 2 handfuls arugula/spinach salad mix
  • ⅓ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 hot cherry pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • ¾ cup salad dressing (we used home-made Italian)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to instructions. Strain and let cool. Bring to room temperature.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and give it a good stir.
  3. Cover and store in fridge for at least an hour. The longer the better. The pasta salad will taste better the next day.



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