My beau was concerned we needed one more side dish on our 4th of July spread and was really feelin a pasta salad. I was not so convinced. Pasta and potato salads are usually mayo based…not so great for sitting out in the sun all day while people graze. “So just create a pasta salad without mayonnaise,” Albert said. “You’re a good cook. You can be creative.” You know what I AM a creative cook! I can make this work! Thanks for the pep talk, Coach!
Not only is this pasta salad much safer for a picnic spread on a hot day, it takes no time to throw together. Simply toss pasta with halved grape tomatoes, halved/quartered boccancini (those mini mozz balls), torn basil, and store-bought pesto. People will thank you for not providing a gloopy, mayo-laden, heavy pasta salad.