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Quick Pasta Salad: Summer Foods Recipe

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Pasta Selection

Choose a short pasta shape like fusilli, penne, or farfalle. These hold the dressing and mix-ins well.

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Cooking Pasta

Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool down the pasta quickly.

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Vibrant Vegetables

Dice colorful bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. These fresh veggies add crunch and flavor to the salad.

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Protein Boost

Add protein-rich ingredients like grilled chicken strips, cooked shrimp, or cubed ham for a more satisfying dish.

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Cheese Addition

Crumble feta or grate Parmesan cheese over the salad. The cheese adds a creamy texture and a salty kick.

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Dressing Preparation

Prepare a simple vinaigrette using olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. This light dressing enhances the flavors without overpowering the dish.

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Flavorful Herbs

Chop fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or dill. These herbs add brightness and freshness to the salad.

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Assembly

In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled pasta with the diced vegetables, protein, cheese, and herbs.

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Dressing Toss

Pour the prepared dressing over the salad and toss gently until everything is evenly coated.

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