Pasta Salad

Summer may be winding-down for some of you, but for me, it's still summer and I'm hanging on to it for as long as I can!  Let me share my favorite pasta salad recipe that I've been making for years.  Just ask my kids...someone I know used to pick out all the 'green things'...
This is one of those recipes that's easy to make and tastes great.  Let's get started.
1 lb. penne pasta
2-3 large tomatoes - chopped
1 cup frozen peas - thawed
2-3 small broccoli crowns - cut and cooked
1 tsp. dried basil
16 oz. bottle Zesty Italian dressing
8 oz. block of mozzarella - diced
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions.  
Add tomatoes, broccoli, & peas to a large bowl.
Sprinkle with basil.
Add about half the bottle of dressing and stir to combine.
Add the cheeses and stir again.
Sorry.  That one's and taking pics is hard!
Add the pasta and stir well.  Refrigerate.
Just a little tip if you like broccoli that isn't mushy.  I put the broccoli in a pot of water and bring it to a boil.  Once it reaches a full boil, I turn it off and drain it.  
That's it!  I like to make this dish the night before serving it.  That way, all the flavors have a chance to mix together.  I also take it out and give it a stir and sometimes add a little more dressing.  
What's your favorite summer salad recipe?  Let me know in the comments, I'm always looking for something new to try!

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  1. I never tire of pasta salad. I don't care what time of year it is! :)

    1. Neither do I, Donna. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I just love a good pasta salad, and this one looks like a good one. Thank you for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday.

    1. I hope you'll give it a try!
      Thanks for visiting the Cottage.

  3. Here I feel like we've got loads more summer to come! The kids don't go back to school until the beginning of September - that's 2 more weeks - ages!!

    1. Agreed! Lots of schools are back in session, but around here, school starts in September too! I always liked that timing so much better!

  4. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

    1. Thank you, Chas. I hope you'll give it a try!

  5. I love a pasta salad every now and then. This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you, Jann. It's one of my favorites!

  6. *someone* still picks out the green things to this day :D


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