Summer is definitely pasta salad season at our house. This one uses fresh garden vegetables and herbs and a super easy lemon dijon dressing to make it the perfect barbeque or picnic accompaniment. This recipe is just a starting point; switch up the vegetables and herbs depending on what's available. Use what you like in whatever combination you like, it's all good. Crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese is also a great addition to this simple salad.
6 cups cooked cold pasta (rotini and fuscilli work well)
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup kalamata olives
1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs (here I've used mint, basil, oregano and chives)
Lemon Dijon Dressing
1/2 cup plain mayonnaise
1/4 cup lemon juice (alternatively apple cider vinegar is very good too)
zest of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to season
3 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
1 tbsp sugar
Whisk or shake together and toss with all of the ingredients above. This salad is best when left for a couple of hours or overnight for the flavours to meld.
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