During the summer, who wants to turn on the oven? No one. No one wants to turn on the oven. So, let me share one of my favorite summer time recipes.
This summer salad is so simple and is super quick to throw together. Plus, the only thing that needs to be cooked is the pasta.
1) Cook your pasta (cook until just al dente). You can use any type of pasta that you have on hand.
2) Cut up veggies. Any veggies. I had green pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and radishes. I also had some leftover grilled zucchini and corn from earlier in the week (this salad is a great way to use up leftovers, too). We’ve had lots of veggies on hand lately thanks to our Imperfect Produce deliveries! Try to be sure that everything is close to the same size.
3). Add the cooked pasta and your veggies into a large bowl.
4). If you want, you can add a protein. Shredded chicken? Tuna? Yum.
5). Drizzle with olive oil, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper.
6). Stir. Stir. Stir. Be sure that everything is lightly coated.
7). Now drizzle Italian dressing. Use whatever brand Italian dressing that you like.
8). Stir. Stir. Stir.
9). Taste. Does it need more salt? More pepper? How is the dressing? Do you need more?
And that’s it! Super easy. Super tasty. And the kids love it! You can even include them in the preparation of the salad. They can do the stirring. Or, they can practice cutting some of the veggies.