It's grilling season again! YAY! You know what that means, trying to figure out what to serve with all that grilled food. I am a lover of all things grilled but I do like a bit of freshness to go along side of it. That freshness typically comes in the form of a salad and more often than not, pasta salad.
I whipped up this easy pasta salad after work one night. It was the perfect accompaniment to the grilled chicken breast Mr. Schwartz grilled that evening. It also made a boatload so I enjoyed it for lunch for the rest of the week.
You can easily adapt the vegetables in this recipe to clean our your fridge. I also think turkey, salami or chicken would be a great substitution for the ham. Let me know how if you try and modify it! I'm always looking for new ideas.
Musical Selection: Have You Seen the Rain by: Creedence Clearwater Revival. When I was trying to figure out what song to use today my mom said "Can't go wrong with a Creedence song." She is clever like that.
Like a fiesta of colors and flavors in a bowl. I think I'll make more today!
Ranch Pasta Salad
1 cup Greek yogurt (fat free is great!)
1/4 cup Miracle Whip (fat free/reduced fat is great!)
1 packet (+ additional depending on your taste) ranch dressing mix
1 lb pasta, cooked
2 large carrots
1 1/2 cups broccoli
1 cup ham
1 cup cheese
1/2 yellow bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
Combine the Greek yogurt, miracle whip and ranch dressing mix. Set aside.
Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water, drizzle with a bit of canola oil so it doesn't stick.
Chop the veggies, ham and cheese into bite sized pieces. Combine with the pasta and 3/4 of the dressing mix. Stir well, add additional dressing if it is too dry.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz