Beat the Winter Blues with Summer Pasta Salad

5 Jan

PastaSalad5Winter storm Hercules just bombarded the northeast with the wrath of a Greek god, leaving millions already wishing for summer. While we’re still bracing for some cold months ahead, it doesn’t mean we can’t pretend it’s summer — at least with our food choices.

Nothing reminds me of summer more than a colorful pasta salad. Millions of iterations of this dish exist, but I prefer to keep my pasta salad simple. All you need are some veggies and left over pasta.

Here’s my summer pasta salad recipe that’ll cure the winter blues.

Summer Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 4-6)

  • Italian dressing
  • 1 box of cooked pasta (any shape)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 green pepper
  • 10 wax beans
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

For this recipe, feel free to use fresh or frozen vegetables. You can use any that you like or whatever looks good in the supermarket. I just used everything I happened to have in the refrigerator. Also, feel free to change ratios depending on your taste. If you love carrots, add more carrots. If you are more of a pasta gal, up the pasta to vegetable ratio.

Step 1: Chop vegetables and pasta into bite sized pieces and combine.

PastaSalad1Step 2: Add enough Italian dressing to coat the pasta and veggie mix. Use more or less depending on taste.

Step 3: Add salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Combine until all ingredients are incorporated.

PastaSalad6Step 4: Serve and enjoy.

Pasta salad is super simple to make, plus its delicious and brings back warm feelings of summer. You can either make this dish as a side or feast on it as a main meal. Try cooking down the vegetables in a saute pan or in the oven and add them to warm pasta. It transitions the dish from a cool summer treat to a hearty winter feast.

4 Responses to “Beat the Winter Blues with Summer Pasta Salad”

  1. Glyn Ruppe-Melnyk January 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    wonderful idea for us “snowpersons”!

  2. Corina January 18, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Very tasty but also nice and easy.

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