Pasta Salad in a pinch

Thursday, June 24, 2010
One of the many things I love about summer is the abundance of fresh, local produce. They don't call it the Garden State for nothin', after all! You just can't beat the flavors of fresh fruits and veggies. Blueberry season is right around the corner. I can't wait to make scones, pancakes, muffins and smoothies!

Last night, I had a few leftover veggies lingering from my most recent trip to the farmer's market. I needed to use them fast or else they'd spoil. Perfect solution: pasta salad. This recipe can be adapted to any veggies you have. I used what I had on hand. The beauty of pasta salad is that just about any combo of veggies works perfectly.

8 oz. of bow tie pasta (prepared according to package directions)
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 orange pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
Handful of fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup creamy Italian salad dressing (I used Wish Bone Lite)
Freshly ground pepper

Mix above ingredients until the dressing evenly coats the pasta and veggies. Season with pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 4

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