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Recently, I had a conversation with my husband about favorite summer smells.
I love the first time I smell these at the beginning of summer – they bring back so many memories and new anticipations…
Here are the top three:
1. fresh cut grass
2. wind coming off a lake
3. food on the grill
I attended a grill and potluck this evening…the first of the season.
I had to bring something to share, a favorite summer side dish perhaps?
Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe
1 lb. dried penne pasta
2 lbs. tomatoes (around 6 medium) roughly diced
12 oz. mozzarella string cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. basil pesto sauce
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While the water is boiling, dice the tomatoes in larger chunks and slice the mozzarella string cheese about a centimeter thick. Mix the tomatoes and cheese together in a large bowl. Next, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, mayo, basil pesto, salt, and pepper.
Drain the cooked pasta and shake it dry. Gently mix it into the tomatoes and cheese. Add about 3/4 of the dressing, stir, and taste. Add more dressing and salt if needed. Let sit at room temperature for 30 min – 1 hour. Do not refrigerate before serving.