Whole Grain Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of whole grain or whole wheat pasta, any shape
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 sweet green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 medium seedless cucumber, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 1 cup small diced cheese, use your favorite such as cheddar, provolone, Gruyere, etc.
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of favorite Italian dressing, depending on taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • Directions

    Combine all ingredients in bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours to allow flavors to blend. This recipe is great as a side or as a stand alone meal. Add any of your favorite fresh summer vegetables to make this dish uniquely yours.

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