FRESH GARDEN PASTA SALAD

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THIS PASTA SALAD WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE ROYALTY!

When my son was graduating from high school last year, you could say that I was a wreck, and that’s putting it mildly. I didn’t want him to graduate. Well I did. I just didn’t want him to be so old. Where did the time go? It felt like I was just bringing him home from the hospital in his little car seat. I remember it like it was yesterday. Such a joyful time. I wanted this to be a happy time too, but I was really struggling with coming to terms with the fact that he was going to be going off to college.

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I had to do something to take my mind off of everything. That’s when I decided it was time to start planning a graduation party. Bringing out all those old pictures of him helped a little bit. I got to see how much he had grown and what a good boy he was. It gave me confidence that he was going to be fine.

During the meal planning process, I found this recipe on Small Town Woman for a chicken Caesar pasta salad and added it to the menu of foods we were going to serve. It looked fabulous!

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To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta: 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) uncooked dried mafalda or bowtie pasta

Dressing: 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil1/3 cup finely chopped fresh dill*1/4 cup rice vinegar or vinegar2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic3/4 teaspoon salt

Salad: 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter1 cup whole kernel corn1 medium (1 cup) red onion, cut into thin wedges1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half1 small (1 cup) zucchini, thinly sliced1 cup sugar snap peas, sliced in half.

DIRECTIONS:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse; drain. Set aside.Combine all dressing ingredients in bowl; set aside.Melt butter in 8-inch skillet over medium heat until sizzling; add corn and onion. Cook 1-2 minutes or until onion is crisply tender.Combine pasta, corn mixture and all remaining salad ingredients in bowl. Add dressing; toss to combine. Cover; chill 1 hour or until flavors are blended.

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