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Summer Pasta Salad

26 Aug

With the garden if full swing, I’m trying to come up with new and interesting ways to use my green beans.  I decided to go with a summer pasta salad!

Start with 2 cups of pasta.  I  used rotini and penne, but you can use whatever you want.

Cook and drain the pasta.

While it’s cooling, you can work on preparing the veggies.  I started with two cups of halved cherry tomatoes (from my garden).

Then I added two cups of washed and snapped green beans.  If you wanted to, you could blanche them to soften them a tiny bit and make the color pop, but I went with raw.

Add 1/3 cup of diced onion.

By this time, the pasta was cool enough for me to add the veggies to it.

Then I crumbled and measured out 2/3 of a cup of my homemade feta.  Add this to the pasta and veggies.

Finally, you need to add your dressing.  I used equal amounts of Italian and Ranch dressings–3 Tablespoons of each.  Add more or less to your taste.

Mix it thoroughly, and it’s ready to serve.

It’s a perfect dish for the hot dog days of summer!

And it’s another way to use those green beans.