I love picnics and I love pasta salad. Marriage made in heaven, right? So, we were planning a trip to the park with the neighbors a few months back (I think it was right at the beginning of Summer) and I threw together what I now believe to be the perfect Picnic Pasta Salad for our family and have been making it this way ever since! It’s so simple. The best part is the shaved carrots. The kids love them this way! I just use our vegetable peeler to shave off slices of carrot and toss them into the boiling pasta water along with the broccoli about 5 minutes before the buzzer rings. Yum!
And the dressing! Wowza. A bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil highlighted by cumin and fresh herbs (basil, cilantro and chives). Delicious.
Picnic Pasta Salad
1 pound macaroni or other small noodles
1 cup broccoli florets
3 medium carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler
cilantro, fresh, chopped
chives, fresh, chopped
basil, fresh, chopped
Boil noodles. With about 5 minutes remaining, add carrots.
Once noodles and veggies are done, drain and toss with remaining ingredients.
Love it and have made it several times since! Delicious and simple. Make it your own with whatever veggies you like!