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pasta saladI love pasta salad in the summer, and this pasta salad is light and refreshing  – not a heavy, mayonnaisey salad.  Perfect for when you don’t want to heat up the house cooking.

I love recipes that I can make when my daughter is at her dad’s or sleeping.  That way I can focus on her when she is at home and awake, and not worry about cooking. This recipe is perfect for that. I throw together the veggies, pasta and nuts ahead of time and then keep in the refrigerator until we’re ready to eat.

Tomato and Broccoli Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli, cut into tiny pieces
8 ounces whole whole pasta
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup pine nuts
fresh basil – as much or as little as you like
Parmesan cheese
olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette – I use Paul Newman’s dressing, which is great

1. Boil a large pot of water. When water is boiling, add broccoli and cook for three minutes. Scoop the broccoli out of water with a slotted spoon. Put broccoli into a bowl of ice water. Remove broccoli from water and pat dry with paper towels. Place into a large bowl. Cook pasta in the boiling water. Cook according to directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

2. While pasta is cooking, slice cherry tomatoes in half and chop basil into thin strips. (I use kitchen shears and cut the basil into tiny pieces.)  Add tomatoes, basil and pine nuts to broccoli. When pasta is finished cooking, rinse in cold water and drain well. Add to veggies and nuts. Chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.

3. Right before serving, toss pasta with dressing and cheese.

Notes: I add dressing and cheese to individual servings. I usually use about one tablespoon of dressing per serving. The salad keeps undressed in the fridge for a few days.

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