Farmers Markets are open and ready for business. In the next few weeks their bins will be full of fresh locally grown produce. This is by far one of my favorite parts of warmer weather. I may not always choose the best food for myself, but I fine it mush easier to eat healthier during the warmer months when I grill lean cuts of protein and there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from.
Here's an easy dish - perfect as the main course, but works as a side as well. It's easy to take to cook-outs, pot-lucks and picnics too. Make it heartier by adding some grilled chicken or steak to the top.
Farmers Market Pasta Salad
Ingredients and Directions
- Cook 1 lb, short pasta - Farfalle, Small Shells, Rotelle, etc., drain.
- Chop miscellaneous vegetables. I had grape tomatoes, celery, a green pepper and red onion. You could use steamed asparagus or zucchini and any color peppers. Corn from the cob would sweeten this up as well.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss all ingredients in a large bowl with your favorite Italian Dressing (homemade, bottled, etc).
- Chill and Serve.