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Best Quick & Delicious Summer Salads !!!

Fresh, easy, and pretty enough for a party–these colorful salads top our list of go-to recipes for summer meals.

Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad :  

Toss chopped fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese with still-warm pasta shells and a flavorful garlic vinaigrette – and you’ve got the perfect side dish for a summer sandwich.

<3  1 (16-ounce) package shell  pasta
<3  1/3 cup red wine vinegar
<3  1 tablespoon sugar $
<3  1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
<3  1/2 teaspoon salt
<3  1 teaspoon Dijon mustard $
<3  1 garlic clove, pressed
<3  3/4 cup olive oil $
<3  1 cup chopped fresh basil
<3  1 (3-ounce) package shredded Parmesan cheese $
<3  1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
<3  Garnishes: gourmet mixed baby salad greens; grape tomatoes; small, yellow pear-shaped tomatoes.

Preparation :

Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
Whisk together vinegar and next 5 ingredients. Gradually whisk in olive oil.
Add vinaigrette to pasta. Add basil, cheese, and pine nuts; toss to combine. Garnish, if desired.

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