It’s Sunday and while I was deciding which post to share with you today, I decided to keep it light and share with you one of my favorite recipes: Summertime Pasta Salad.
It’s fast, fun, light and full of flavor thanks to my secret ingredient. It’s a big hit at my house, especially with my in-laws, and I’ll hope you’ll try it in your kitchen. Enjoy!
Ingredients (for 6-8 servings):
- 1 pound of rotini pasta
- 1 cup of shredded carrots
- 2 cups of halved grape tomatoes
- 1 full head of broccoli (don’t cut it yet)
- 1 small can of sliced black olives
- 1 red bell pepper, diced or julienned, your choice
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced (or julienned)
- 1 cup of creamy caesar salad dressing (my secret ingredient)
- 1/2 cup of Italian salad dressing
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 pinch of salt + 1 teaspoon of salt
- Boil 3 quarts of water, add a teaspoon of salt.
- Before you add the pasta, add the full head of broccoli, turned upside down. Let cook for only 1 minute and take it out.
- Now add the pasta to the boiling water**
- Chop the broccoli into small 1/2 inch pieces and add to remaining veggies
- When the pasta is done, strain it and add it to the pile
- Mix both salad dressings together and toss in with the pasta and veggies
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
I purposely kept this simple so you can see how easy it is to enjoy a quick summertime favorite. We like to serve this delicious side with anything grilled…ribs, chicken, pork chops (I’m a southern girl and I like my pork chops!). The smoky flavor from the grilled meat goes lovely with the pasta.
** Pasta cooking tip: Don’t add oil to the pasta while it cooks – it keeps the dressing from sticking, which makes for bland pasta. Simply rinse with warm water (not cold, it will bring out too much starch) when it’s done and you don’t have to worry about the sticking.
Here are some other fun ways to jazz up this versatile dish:
- Try it whole wheat pasta. You may need to add a little more dressing to balance out the richer grain taste.
- Add pepperoni and some mozzarella to make it more Italian
- For a Greek twist, add feta cheese
Your Turn: What are some of your favorite summer recipes? Feel free to share. I love to try new recipes! And while we’re talking about recipes, what other “Recipes For Success” can you share related to your business? We want to know…
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