When you’re looking for a refreshing yet filling dish to take to a potluck or on a picnic, pasta salad is probably one of the first things you think of. The recipe below is a perfect choice -- it's vegetarian and dairy-free, so it will appeal to just about everyone. Plus, there’s nothing in it that will easily spoil if it’s left out for a bit.
You can vary the ingredients however you like. I sometimes add diced bell peppers (a mix of colors) or use dry-roasted peanuts in place of sliced almonds. This salad gets even better as it sits in the fridge soaking up the flavors of the dressing, so make it a day ahead if you can.