Veggie Pasta Salad

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July 8, 2010 by jenniebean10

I headed to the Santa Monica beach and farmer’s market with my friends over the weekend for the Summer Soulstice Festival. We got to hear some lovely bands (Woodstock and Tom Petty tribute bands) and see plenty of weirdos at the music festival. Before we went to hear the bands play, we sat by the water to get some sun and have a bite to eat. I’m a fan of packing lunch and paying $1-2 on ingredients versus waiting in line to spend more on a meal, so pasta salad was perfect.

Pasta salad is a great dish for picnics and potlucks as well, because it’s so easy! A wonderful summer meal because the veggies are crisp and, if chilled, it can really cool you off.  I didn’t use a recipe for this, but here are the ingredients I used in mine.

Whole Wheat Veggie Pasta Salad

1 c whole wheat rotini pasta
sliced black olives
broccoli
carrots
Roma tomatoes
green bell peppers
green onions
tossed in Newman’s Own balsamic vinaigrette

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