GEN'S REFRESHING SUMMER PASTA SALAD

 

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  • Servings: 6
  • Preparation Time: 20

Ingredients

  • 500 g of pasta (fusilli or penne), cooked, drained and cooled
  • 1 scallion (or the top of fresh onion or 1/4 storage onion), chopped
  • 1 garlic scape (or 1/2 garlic clove), minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut in half-quarters slices or diced
  • 1 pattypan squash, cut in half-quarters slices or diced
  • 1 cucumber, cut in half-quarters slices or diced
  • 4 white turnips (rabioles), cut in half-quarters slices or diced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half (or 1-2 tomatoes, diced)
  • 1 can of red kidney beans or lentils, rinsed (optional)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1 bunch basil, chopped

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large glass or plastic bowl (not metal), mix the scallion, garlic scape, zucchini, pattypan, cucumber, white turnip, green pepper, tomatoes and red kidney beans.
  • Add cooled pasta and mix well.
  • Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and basil. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate a bit (optional) and serve cold or at room temperature.

Notes

Featuring: basil, cucumber, garlic scapes, green pepper, onion (or scallions), pattypan squash, white turnip (rabioles), and zucchini.

This is a quick and simple summer salad that is perfect for hot summer days. Kids usually like it too and you can adapt it based on what veggies you have (ex: put more zucchini if you don't have pattypan, add grated or diced carrots, etc.) Jim often add a bit of 6 years old balsamic vinegar to his bowl before eating it!

Categories: Pasta 

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