Summer Squash Pasta Salad with Chimichurri Vinaigrette
Total: 25 min
Active: 15 min
This pasta salad is the perfect dish to celebrate summer. Yellow squash, zucchini and sweet cherry tomatoes are tossed with a bright and herbaceous vinaigrette. The best part? My hack of adding the squash and zucchini to the pasta during the last minute of cooking means you don't have to pull out another pan to cook it.
For the chimichurri vinaigrette: With the motor running, drop the garlic cloves through the food chute of a food processor and pulse until minced. Remove the lid and add the parsley, olive oil, oregano, vinegar, lemon juice and crushed red pepper. Process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set the vinaigrette aside.
For the pasta salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 10 to 11 minutes, adding the zucchini and summer squash during the last 1 minute of cooking. Drain, then run under cold water to cool the pasta and squash. Drain again, then transfer the pasta and squash to a serving bowl.
Add the tomatoes and vinaigrette. Add the feta and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with additional parsley.