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Pasta salad is the perfect grilling side dish for your burger or dog, and it’s colorful and healthy, too! 

Not a grilling enthusiast? No matter – this is a great side dish for any meat entrée.

In fact, it could serve as an entrée, if you want to have a Meatless Monday dish, for example.

Pasta Salad

Mmmm….

Another option would be to add turkey, chicken, or ham to the pasta salad for a complete meal.

 

Pasta Salad Directions:

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

While the pasta cooks, chop your veggies. I used cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, and broccoli, but you could substitute your family’s favorites instead.

 

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Next, grab your oil and vinegar and combine to make homemade vinaigrette. Use a bit of all-purpose seasoning to jazz up the pasta salad a bit.

Pasta Salad

Let the pasta salad chill in your fridge; then, serve it in a pretty bowl.

Versatile, fast, and inexpensive: a winning combination for your family!

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Colorful, Healthy Pasta Salad
A nutritious and delicious pasta salad the whole family will enjoy!
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. Rotini pasta (half a box)
  2. 2 handfuls of grape tomatoes, baby carrots, and broccoli florets
  3. Half of an English cucumber
  4. All purpose seasoning mix (I used Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute)
  5. 3/4 c. olive oil
  6. 3/4 c. vinegar
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Chop the grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, and English cucumber into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a food processor, chop baby carrots until they are shreds.
  4. Mix together all above ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. Add the olive oil and vinegar.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  8. Serve chilled, in a pretty bowl!
Notes
  1. Feel free to substitute the veggies your family prefers. I used an English cucumber because I don't like the wax found on regular ones. Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils to use, but sub your own favorite if you don't have olive oil in your pantry. Finally, if you prefer using apple cider vinegar, go for it!
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