Pasta Salad

Sep 12th

We had this wonderful pasta salad over Labor Day Weekend. It was a huge hit with the crowd we had for dinner. I always think that cold pasta salad that I’ve had over the years never has enough flavor. So I created this recipe for Pasta Salad that will blow your socks off! It has just enough heat, crunchy vegetables, creaminess, and I added some protein with turkey. If you want to just leave it a vegetarian dish you can leave out the meat. This Pasta Salad can be served as a main course or as a side dish. This recipe makes enough for 4 people. If you need to make more for a crowd just double or triple the recipe. I promise this will be a big hit at your next potluck. We are into our 3rd week here in Macatawa Michigan. If you read my recent blogs, I wrote about Pete wanting to catch a Walleye for our dinner. I keep reminding him that I have all the ingredients to make Walleye Piccata, but still no luck! How about a perch, or salmon, or anything edible Pete? Okay, I will have to settle for chicken on the grill tonight. The leaves are changing ever so subtly. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the chill in the air, sweaters, warm clothes, and hearty comforting meals. I miss the change of seasons living in Arizona. I will cherish every day here in Michigan until we have to go back. I grew up in the Midwest and there is just something about the feel of the land, the greenery, the people walking, biking, enjoying the cool breeze of Autumn. It seems like our neighbors in Arizona, and no offense to them, but they open their garage go in and close the door and never come out! Maybe it has something to do with the 115 degree heat! You really can’t beat Arizona winters though, if you don’t like the snow. Average temperatures about 70 degrees. I hope you all enjoy this delicious Pasta Salad recipe that I created. It is the perfect end of the Summer salad to make. Let me know what you think of it and what is your favorite time of the year? Thanks for reading, love, Stacey

Pasta Salad:

1/2 lb of cooked Ziti

2 Tbs Italian parsley chopped

2 Tbs cilantro chopped

1 carrot shaved

1/2 of a large onion chopped

1/2 lb turkey cut up. I just used lunch meat. If you want to leave out the protein for a vegetarian meal, please do so.

1/2 cup shredded cheddar

Mix altogether.

In a separate bowl, mix together the following ingredients.

1 cup mayo

1 Tbs Miracle Whip

1 Tbs Dijon mustard

1 Tbs of prepared Poppy Seed Dressing

1 1/2 Tbs Sriracha

1 tsp of Lawry’s Season salt

Pour the sauce over the Pasta mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste, and let chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator.




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