If this pesto pasta salad doesn’t shout “summer is almost here!” then I will amplify it by also shouting that summer is here. Well, almost here, but the weather is starting to feel like August in NYC. It’s the first week of June and temps are already reaching mid-nineties.
Here in NYC, summers can be sweltering hot. Air conditioning is a highly coveted resource. Especially on public transit.
Sometimes I forget just how simple food can be. We are consistently inundated by images of fast food and subsequent ads, that we forget how easy it is to whip up a cold pasta salad. Even with pesto, you only need a few ingredients and you have a fast sauce.
For my pesto, I replaced the parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast gives the meal your preparing, a chees-like flavor without the dairy. Nutritional yeast is literally a super food containing protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. Studies have shown it has a wide range of potential health benefits, ranging from lowering cholesterol to protecting the body from free radical damage.
I find my mini-food processor to be the best thing ever. Perfect for those 2 cup recipes. I even make my famous (in my mind) hummus in the mini. As a single person, I try to prepare enough food to last a day or two. The mini-food processor does the job!
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You can use wet or dry pasta with this salad. Just remember that when your cooking wet pasta, it doesn’t need as much time. A few minutes will do.