We hosted a Memorial Day BBQ a few weeks, and I knew I had to come up with a delicious cold salad for the occasion. Since I was little, I have always loved pasta salad in the summer. My mom used to make it all the time, and throw in whatever veggies we had on hand or in the garden. It was always so good! I’ve been trying to grow a couple herbs and veggies this year, so I thought I could make use of my basil plant and make some savory homemade pesto. I adore anything with pesto, so this was a no brainer for me. One thing I realized while grocery shopping though, is that pine nuts are crazy expensive! I have heard you can buy a large bag from Costco for a good price, but you could also make your pesto with a different type of nut…walnuts, almonds…etc.
I really liked the way this pasta salad turned out, so I will be keeping this recipe on standby for all the fun summer BBQ’s and happenings. Of course, if you don’t like a component in this salad, you can always substitute with something else….That is the thing with pasta salad, you can pretty much throw whatever you want into it, and it will turn out delicious.
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