If you happen to be the salad bringer this summer then you should definitely bring this fresh basil and roasted cauliflower pasta salad to your next summer party.
Since I returned from my trip I haven’t done very much except work, cook, and catch up on schoolwork. Luckily my sister and nephew came to visit this past weekend which was a very welcome break from my routine!
I love when they are here, even though it reached 99° on Saturday! You guys, NYC in the heat is not so fun, but we found our rhythm. We spent more time indoors, took walks in the park when it was super early or the sun was about to set, and Erika and Jonah spent many hours at the Natural History Museum (Jonah’s favorite place in NYC lately). In spite of the heat, I had to get outside a little bit so we ventured out to find every frozen treat possible within a 10 block radius.
I really wanted to take Jonah to this new place that opened in my hood, Pressed Juicery. They basically take green juice and turn it into soft serve “ice cream”, called a “freeze”. They have a ton of flavors including citrus, green, roots, classic vanilla, and chocolate. The vanilla and chocolate are totally plant-based, made with an almond and date base. It’s so good! I am a little bit obsessed. They also have incredible toppings like sliced almonds, fresh fruit, and almond butter sauce! I was curious what my picky little man would think. I got him a sample of the green soft serve and was convinced that he would love it. Nope. I was wrong. He took a bite and immediately declared, “Auntie, that is disgusting.” So much for green juice ice cream and kids. He also grimaced at the chocolate. Ugh, kids, they just don’t know what good is 🙂
That’s ok. I still love it and so does little miss P. I always save her a few licks.
When we got home from our adventure, it was time for dinner but none of us felt like anything heavy or hot. Luckily I had this pasta salad in the fridge all ready to go, it was the perfect dinner. Light, refreshing, full of fresh veggies, and packed with flavor.