My in-laws throw several parties a year(pre-Covid), but the two big ones are on the 4th of July and Labor Day. Fun fact: where I live in Cincinnati, there are definitely fireworks shows on the 4th, but the big fireworks extravaganza takes place on Labor Day. They set the fireworks off over the river that divides Ohio and Kentucky, and there are competitions over which side of the river cheers louder. It’s a total spectacle. My mother-in-law has been making this Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Feta for both of these parties for as long as I can remember.
A simple salad that can be mostly made ahead the day before, this is always a winner of a dish. It’s already vegetarian friendly, but you can also make some simple changes to make it vegan friendly – namely using a vegan pesto and either cutting out the cheese or using a vegan cheese, and vegan pasta.
Since things on the Covid front are getting a little less restrictive, at least here in the U.S. this would be a great dish to bring to a small, responsible Memorial Day cookout.