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Make summer dinner like Lidia Bastianich: Tomato salad and spaghetti with clams

Lidia Bastianich makes a quick tomato and mint salad and an easy spaghetti with zucchini and fresh clams.
/ Source: TODAY

Chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich shares her recipes for a simple but flavorful summer dinner.

She shows us how to make an easy tomato and mint salad and quick spaghetti with fresh clams and zucchini.

Zucchini are easy to grow, and my garden produces an abundance of them in the summer. Zucchini is a great add-on to pasta and the flavor pairs especially well with shellfish.

Lidia Bastianich's Tomato and Mint Salad

You are most likely accustomed to a tomato and basil combination, but this refreshing tomato and mint salad is a new twist on an old classic.

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