I could sum up this recipe in one word...Summer!
Nothing represents warm weather like eating a chilled pasta salad full of seasonal flavors. Brilliant colors, crunchy veggies, garden fresh herbs, all nestled within smooth creamy little noodles!
Salads are a fantastic way to use a bunch of herbs that are multiplying like crazy this time of year. With Labor Day coming up this side dish would be perfect alongside grilled burgers, barbecue chicken, ribs, or shrimp! When I'm in the mood to splurge a bit for lunch I pair it with fried chicken :)
I'm a big believer in reinventing the wheel but pairing juicy tomatoes and sweet basil is an undeniable delicious summer classic. Another fantastic partner for tomatoes and mayonnaise, sour cream based dressings is tarragon. Lemon Verbena has been a favorite of mine for the last few years and I tend to toss some in when using lemon juice because it lends a floral citrusy note. I keep homemade vinegars in my fridge, such as the citrus in this recipe, which includes lemon verbena, lime mint, and orange citrus mint.