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Non-Dairy Summer Pasta Salad

May 20, 2013

Many people I know can’t stand mayo, which has helped me explore beyond traditional summer salads. Additionally, I have always been uneasy with mayo drenched salads at BBQs. I have heard that foods with dairy can stay out for four hours, but in the DC summer heat, that just seems wrong. So, the past few years, I have been building an arsenal of dairy-free summer salads. Feel free to try one of these awesome salads for Memorial Day weekend

The other day, without the ingredients for the salads above, I made a last minute Summer Pasta Salad to our first neighborhood BBQ of the summer. Having old friends across the street, means a summer of walking dishes back and forth with toddler in hand. We may have moved farther from downtown in order for a house with a yard, but it has brought us endless fun outside. Five different toddlers loved this dish, and the adults too. It is so simple, I am almost embarrassed to post it. However, because it had a strong kid-approval rating, I thought it might be good to share.

Summer Pasta Salad

  • 1lb Whole Wheat medium shell pasta
  • 1 cup of reserved pasta water
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, mixed variety, sliced
  • 1 cup of  roasted asparagus, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup of vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 can of black olives, chopped
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 4 tb olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup of parsley
  • salt/ pepper

1. Place a stockpot on the stove, boil the water, then cook your pasta. Meanwhile prep your veggies.

2. Drain the pasta, save a cup of pasta water to throw back on the pasta, then mix in the vegetables. In a separate bowl, stir together the lemon juice, 2 tb of olive oil, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and toss. Add more olive oil if it is dry.

vegan summer pasta salad-- vegetariansalmon.wordpress.com

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