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Wegmans Super Pasta Summer Salad

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Wegmans Chef Nella Neeck shows you a great salad to complement your BBQ and an easy way to get more tasty veggies on your plate. This is a delightful and easy to prepare salad that is great for cookouts, summer picnics or parties out-doors. It is a refreshing change to have a different salad like this one instead of the same old tuna- potato or corn salad.
Ingredients
  Asparagus 1 Pound, trimmed, cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces
  Red sweet peppers 1⁄2 Large, cored, thinly sliced
  Zucchini 1 Medium, trimmed, cut into quarters, then cut on bias
  Goldbar squash/Yellow squash 1 Medium, trimmed, cut into quarters, then cut on bias
  Spiral pasta 14 Ounce, uncooked (Food You Feel Good About Spirals Super Pasta)
  Green onions 1 Bunch (100 gm), finely shredded
  Cherry tomatoes 1 Pint, halved
  Basil pesto 6 Ounce (Italian Classics Basil Pesto Sauce)
  Lemons 3 Medium, zested and juiced (about 1/2 cup of the juice)
  Salt To Taste
  Cracked black pepper To Taste
  Pecorino romano cheese 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), grated
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Blanch asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water 1 minutes.
2. Add pepper, zucchini, and goldbar squash and blanch for another 30 seconds.
3. Remove veggies from blanching water using a spider spoon and refresh in a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
4. Return blanching water to a boil and add pasta. Cook pasta for 9 minutes until cooked al-dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well.

MAKING
5. Add pasta, green onions, and tomatoes to blanched vegetables in a large bowl.
6. Add the pesto sauce and toss well using two salad spoons.
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and cheese. Toss again to combine.

SERVING
8. This salad can be served warm or cold. The more you rest the salad, the more the flavors will develop.

TIP
Tomato Pesto Sauce can be substituted for the basil pesto.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Channel: 
DiabeticLiving
Cuisine: 
Italian
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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