Friday, September 13, 2013

So Long Summer Salad

Although summer's almost over,
this quick side dish is a great way to use up any leftover veggies
or the abundance of summer veg in your freezer.

Boil up some of your favorite pasta.
We had 2 open boxes of pasta, so they were cooked up.
Frozen peas and shredded carrots were added.
Local pickled okra was thrown in to add some zing
(recipe to follow next week).

The dressing consisted of 1/2 C mayo,
1 t honey, 2 T Dijon mustard,
1/2 t salt and 1/4 t black pepper.
A handful of fresh parsley was stirred in.

Choose your favorite protein to make a complete meal:
diced cooked chicken
sliced hard-boiled egg
chopped cooked shrimp
flaked tuna
cooked chickpeas

Enjoy these last few days of summer
with an easy make ahead meal.

The original recipe can be found here.



  1. Oh, you southerners and your okra-LOL!!
    This looks delicious. And yes-summer is definitely on it's way out. They are calling for frost tonight. And yes, I'm weird-I'm looking forward to it. The freezer is full, and I am tired.
    Have a great weekend, Daisy

    1. I'm a yankee transplant who had never tried okra until recently. This stuff is addictive!
      Enjoy your cooler temps!

  2. Definitely sounds like a good end of summer dish!

  3. Oooh that sounds good! I haven't made a pasta salad in the while, maybe I'll put this on the menu!

    1. It's so easy and you can make a ton at a time! ;0)

  4. yum! I haven't made pasta salad in years... now I'm dreaming of it! :)

  5. I used to make pasta salad quite a bit but haven't in some time. I agree with the others - now I'm thinking I need pasta salad! :) Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I read the title of your post and thought, "that is so sad." I do miss summer salads (your dressing sounds delish, by the way.) Still, it's almost soup weather and I love soup too.


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