Pasta salad with corn and roasted peppers (recipe in the comments)
This is the perfect summer one dish meal. Even better it's the perfect EARLY summer one dish meal, because it's cooling but doesn't rely on the fresh ingredients that aren't really at their peak until August. Frozen corn, jarred roasted peppers, and grape tomatoes (typically good even this early in the season) give this salad a summer-y feel before you've even seen a tomato flower on your vines. We originally planned to try this the week T was born (about 2 weeks early) and so, it was, unsurprisingly, put off until last summer. As I said to M the first time we made it, the recipe is worth the wait! This is a summer staple and great to take places as it's good warm or cold and can be vegetarian (beans) or not (tuna). It's a one dish meal (chock full of veggies and proteins), so it's ideal for picnics. Yes, I cannot sing its praises enough. Try it - you'll sing too.
Chopping: Peppers, garlic, grape tomatoes, onion, cilantro, avocado, Jack cheese
Time: 35 minutes
Make ahead: Absolutely!
J: "The signature salad of June."
M: "So good! So good!"