Perfect Pasta Salad

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On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than something cold to cool you off!  Although a nice glass of water is always my go to, when I”m hungry, pasta salad is always my first choice.  Although not something you can have every day, it certainly is a nice treat by yourself, with some friends, on a picnic….anywhere!  While visiting my parents in Myrtle Beach, my mom and I wanted to make something that would be a nice snack for the beach and for those hot days….since there are plenty of those!  Thanks mom, for helping me prepare a tasty dish to make any time I’m home sick 🙂

What I love about pasta salad is it’s something that can be modified to what you like….add sun dried tomatoes, leave out the peas, add a homemade dressing:  make it your own!

Ingredients:

3/4 pound of pasta

2 small tomatoes chopped

1 tablespoon dried basil (or about 4 leaves chopped, if using fresh)

1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette

2 scallions chopped

1 cup frozen peas thawed

1 tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 tablespoon Onion Powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

Red pepper flakes to taste

Directions:

1.  Cook the pasta according to package directions

2.  When pasta is finished mix all ingredients together while pasta is warm so it can absorb the flavor

Serving Suggestion:  With a nice glass of white wine, or just on it’s own is how we did it 🙂

Image   The Chef in the works

 

 

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