How to Make Summer Picnic Pasta Salad

Colorful, chilled pasta salad perfect for your checkered picnic blanket --

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How to Make Summer Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe
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Ingredients -- (I realized afterwards I got mozzarella instead of feta so I swapped out spinach and parsley for the cucumber and dill I would have used -_- )

Ingredients -- (I realized afterwards I got mozzarella instead of feta so I swapped out spinach and parsley for the cucumber and dill I would have used -_- )

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Start your pot of water so it's boiling by the time you're done chopping ! =]

Start your pot of water so it's boiling by the time you're done chopping ! =]

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Remove the outer layers of your 1/2 onion

Remove the outer layers of your 1/2 onion

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Slice...

Slice...

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...then dice ! And into your mixing bowl

...then dice ! And into your mixing bowl

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Don't forget to take a wine break ! (...as long as you're old enough to legally do so...)

Don't forget to take a wine break ! (...as long as you're old enough to legally do so...)

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Slice off your tomato butt

Slice off your tomato butt

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And dice up your tomato

And dice up your tomato

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And into your mixing bowl with the onions !

And into your mixing bowl with the onions !

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Break up your feta - ahem, oops, dice up your mozzarella (don't worry, either way it'll be delicious!)

Break up your feta - ahem, oops, dice up your mozzarella (don't worry, either way it'll be delicious!)

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Cubes into the mixing bowl !

Cubes into the mixing bowl !

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Prepare your multi-colored peppers...

Prepare your multi-colored peppers...

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Chop the tops off and remove the seeds

Chop the tops off and remove the seeds

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Slivers...

Slivers...

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...and then cubes!

...and then cubes!

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Into the mix !

Into the mix !

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Don't forget to give your wine attention...

Don't forget to give your wine attention...

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Olives however you'd like rings, cubes, halves...!

Olives however you'd like rings, cubes, halves...!

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Add salt to your water once it begins to boil

Add salt to your water once it begins to boil

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Alternately, you could put the salt in initially before you heat up your water

Alternately, you could put the salt in initially before you heat up your water

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Dump in your veggie pasta, and bring it up to a boil - then lower the heat slightly

Dump in your veggie pasta, and bring it up to a boil - then lower the heat slightly

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Back to your colorful mix of veggies...

Back to your colorful mix of veggies...

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Season with parsley, salt, lemon pepper, and olive oil to taste

Season with parsley, salt, lemon pepper, and olive oil to taste

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Try the pasta - we like ours al dente, but cook it as long as you want (it's generally better if it's a little harder - especially as a cold salad )

Try the pasta - we like ours al dente, but cook it as long as you want (it's generally better if it's a little harder - especially as a cold salad )

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Here's where I decided to add some spinach...

Here's where I decided to add some spinach...

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Drain your pasta then add to your mix of veggies; stir it well then set it aside in your fridge...

Drain your pasta then add to your mix of veggies; stir it well then set it aside in your fridge...

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Enjoy well-chilled on a hot summer day!  It's even more healthy if you use the veggie-based pasta as I did =]

Enjoy well-chilled on a hot summer day! It's even more healthy if you use the veggie-based pasta as I did =]

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As always, feel free to comment with questions or suggestions, and add me for more inspired recipes ! Enjoy your summer !

As always, feel free to comment with questions or suggestions, and add me for more inspired recipes ! Enjoy your summer !

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