Summer Salad / Pasta Primavera

Through a lifetime of potluck dinners I’ve found that most folks fall into warring camps when it comes to pasta salad:

  • There’s the Mayo versus Mustard factions …
  • and the Sweet versus Dill Relish factions.

I like to mix things up a bit by throwing them all into my Summer Salad / Pasta Primavera recipe.  It’s an unusual combination that has won over many former partisans.

When first prepared, the dish is hot so I call it Pasta Primavera.  Once chilled, it’s Summer Salad.  Although the ingredients are identical, the two dishes take on very different characters due to the way temperature affects flavors and the resulting texture.  Either way, it tastes great.

And, best of all, it keeps well in the fridge so I can make a huge batch for a week of cool summertime lunches (or dinners).

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Lazy Chicken Teriyaki Noodles

I have to admit that I’m a lazy cook.  One of my favorite lazy tricks is adding Tyson Grilled Chicken to Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides.

This Chicken Teriyaki Noodle recipe is an easy way to lay a tasty meal in no time.

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Mexican Mess / Micro Taco Recipe

I make a taco salad pasta dish I affectionately call Mexican Mess or Micro TacoI have no idea where the recipe came from.

The taco pasta is sort of like a Mexican-spiced Spaghetti with Meat Sauce … but once you add all the toppings, the similarity fades.

Stretching meat with pasta (or beans or tofu) has long been a strategy for poor folk (myself included) but it is also healthy by cutting red meat consumption.  And using whole wheat or fiber-fortified pasta makes the dish even more nutritious.


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