Pasta salad is a lifesaver on hot evenings and is a quick fix when you're feeding a crowd. One of the quickest ways to cool down freshly boiled pasta is to skip the cool water and turn to your vegetables instead!
The best pasta salad has noodles that are still a little chewy and aren't water-logged. To get the best texture possible, toss a bag of frozen veggies (I have a thing for peas) in the bottom of your mixing bowl. Add your cooked noodles and within minutes you'll have perfectly chilled pasta and thawed vegetables.
If you're hosting an outdoor bash, you can also throw them in a few minutes before guests arrive to make sure things are extra chilled and any mayo-based sauces aren't too warm! Other vegetables that work well are frozen pearl onions (especially if they're chopped smaller in a food processor first), carrots and diced pepper.
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