Even though Labor Day is quickly approaching, we've still got plenty of weekend cookouts on our calendars.

So we decided to come up with a pasta salad that can brighten up any get-together: Ours is laced with tender haricots verts, garlicky zucchini, torn mint, thyme and crunchy toasted almonds. The only dressing comes from a little bit of olive oil used to sauté the zucchini and a squirt of lemon juice. Red pepper, lemon zest and a little Pecorino finish everything off.

The vibrant, peppery salad is great warm or cold.

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