Hello, folks. This is Nona from The Happy Wag again and I thank you all for your comments about potato salad yesterday.
I decide to stick with a summer-cookout-picnic theme for today’s blog entry
So sitting alongside the potato salad at most picnic tables is pasta salad. Because really, what is summer without some kind of noodle salad?
What I love about pasta salad is the creativity. It comes in all shapes and colors, can include almost anything and everything, and it hardly ever fails to please.
My favorite pasta salad is made with orzo (tiny pasta that looks like rice) cubes of mozzarella cheese(I prefer smoked), sundried tomatoes or roasted red peppers (maybe both), and a little fresh basil. Toss it all together with an Italian-style vinaigrette and you have a caprese-style delicious salad.
And without dairy dressing, it keeps well all day at a cookout without worrying about spoiling.
For a richer tasting pasta salad, I boil the noodles in chicken broth.
I am planning to try this recipe for a BLT pasta salad (pictured above) that I found on the Food Network website. I also want to try this curried chicken pasta salad recipe from The Pioneer Woman because it looks AH-mazing, but with mayo, sour cream and heavy cream, it’s certainly not going to help me look any better in summer clothes.
What is your favorite type of pasta salad?