I love pasta salad. I feel like I bring it to every event in the summer. I usually bring my go-to Cheater Cheater Pasta Salad Eater salad (beware, this is one of my first posts so try not to laugh at the photography :). It is quick, easy, and so tasty. But, sometimes things need to be shook up a bit. Variety is the spice of life they say.
For the 4th of July we were invited to my sister (in-law)'s dad's house and I was asked to bring a salad or a pasta salad. I thought about just making my go-to but didn't really have any of the ingredients on hand. Humf. Well, what time is better than the present to make a new recipe for pasta salad. That's when this little gem was born.
What is your go-to gathering offering? I'd love to know!
Honey Mustard Pasta Salad
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup miracle whip
3/4 cup honey mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons dried (or fresh) parsley
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 lb pasta of your choice (I use bow ties)
1 green pepper, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Start by cooking the pasta to al dente so it has a bit of a bite left to it.
Combine the mayo, miracle whip, honey mustard, salt, pepper, parsley and vinegar.
In a large bowl, add the pasta, green pepper, celery, carrot, ham, red pepper and cheese. Add a little of the dressing at a time until everything is fully coated. If you are planning to refrigerate and serve the next day add a little more than what you think is enough. The pasta will soak up the dressing over night. If you don't feel comfortable with this, save the remaining dressing, refrigerate as well and add to the salad the next day if needed.
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz
**Note: that in the pictures of this post it looks like a lot more than what I have listed in the recipe. I doubled the batch to feed the 4th of July army. : ) **