Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

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| | Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 ounces dried whole grain fusilli pasta
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup snipped fresh basil
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 to 1½ cups fat-free Italian or balsamic salad dressing
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

This quick and easy pasta salad recipe mixes frozen vegetables and prepared salad dressing with chopped onion and fresh basil for a nice balance of freshness and convenience. Chose a colorful frozen vegetable blend that appeals to you. This pasta salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container.

Instructions:

1. In a large pot, cook the pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables for the last 5 minutes of cooking; drain. Rinse cooked pasta with cold water; drain again.

2. Transfer pasta mixture to a large bowl. Stir in basil and onion. Drizzle with dressing, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve chilled or at room temperature.