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Craving Carbs? This Recipe Will Hit The Spot (Sans The Coma!)

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    A pesto pasta salad is the perfect picnic dish but I always hate how after a couple hours the basil turns an unappealing brown-ish green. I’ve tried a few tricks at keeping pesto green, but the two that have worked best are 1. Tossing room temperature pasta with the pesto and 2. Adding spinach in the pesto. A handful of spinach keeps the pesto vibrant and green but does not detract from the basil flavor.

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    In fact, I doubt anyone can tell there is spinach in the recipe! I added peas because fresh peas seem to be everywhere lately and I love the combination of orecchiette and peas. The dill and mint add even more freshness and brightness to the pasta. Finally, I add one of my favorite cheeses, French feta, which is creamier and milder than Greek feta.

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