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Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer for many people which makes it a perfect time to celebrate the bounty of the season. The end of summer is packed with fresh fruits and vegetables that are exploding with sun-ripened flavors. By mixing those flavors together in a pasta salad you not only get a fantastic picnic dish, but you also have a vegetarian meal that everyone can appreciate.
- 1 package pasta (your shape choice)
- ½ cup carrot, diced
- ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup green beans, choppedL
- 2 cups tomatoes, diced (any kind of tomato)
- ¼ cup onion, chopped
- ½ cup feta
- Fresh basil, chopped (to taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Italian dressing (dress salad to your liking)
Prepare the pasta until al dente and rinse in cold water, set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the other ingredients except the dressing. Then add pasta and dressing and toss to evenly distribute and coat.
If you expect your pasta salad to be eaten at one sitting, then feel free to use all of the Italian dressing. If you expect leftovers or for it to sit for several hours before serving you may want to reserve some of the dressing as it is absorbed into the ingredients and can leave them dry if stored too long. You can also use olive oil to refresh the salad if you don’t want to add more flavor or don’t have any dressing left.