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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Creamy Pasta Summr Salad

Summer is coming, cookouts, barbecues, backyard parties! Whatever your dinner choices are in the summer a great side dish is a must. You don't have to spend a lot of time making all sorts of dishes to go with that barbecue you are planning. Creamy Summe Salad is perfect accompaniment to that burger or hot dog.

In the southern United States, barbecue initially revolved around the cooking of pork.During the 19th century, pigs were a low-maintenance food source as they could be released to forage for themselves in forests and woodlands. When food or meat supplies were low, these semi-wild pigs could then be caught and eaten.

Salad Ingredients:

8 ounces salad macaroni
1 cup tiny broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup very thinly sliced green onion

Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons white wine or plain vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, adding a generous tablespoon or so of kosher salt to the water as it cooks. Just before the noodles are done cooking, add the broccoli to the pot. Let the broccoli boil for about 30 seconds and then drain everything into a large colander. Rinse well with cold water.

Stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked pasta and broccoli to the bowl and stir well to coat. Add the cucumber, pepper, and onions and stir again. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. 

Calories 235 per serving, 1/6 of recipe                                                        
Sodium 0 mg
Total Fat 7 g                                                           Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 0 g                                                           Total Carbs 36 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g                                           Dietary Fiber 4 g
Monounsaturated 0 g                                           Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g                                                           Protein 8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  
Vitamin A 0%                                                           Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0%                                                           Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Source: Barefeet in the Kitchen

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