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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

No Rules Pasta Salad


A few weeks ago, I showed in a post that my friend Janell brought me two bags of Badger pasta in the shape of little W's.

Some of you left comments asking me to show you the finished salad when I made it.

Well - - - here goes nothing - - -

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view) I don't know the pasta salad rules. So I did my own thing, which translates into I only put in ingredients I like.

1) Mayonnaise - - - REAL mayo. None of that sickly sweet Miracle Whip for me. You might as well gag me with a spoon as put sweet stuff on my nondessert food.

2) Vinegar - - - just a little to liven things up a bit.

3) Diced white chicken - - - well yes, of course it was cooked!

4) Dill pickle relish - - - remember what I said above about the sugar thing- - - don't try to sneak it on me in the form of pickle relish either!!!

5) Chopped green, red, and yellow bell peppers

6) Sliced black olives

7) Sliced green olives stuffed with pimentos

8) Cubed co-jack cheese

9) Onion powder - - - raw onion gives me indigestion but I did want some onion flavor.

10) One tomato, cubed

Please don't ask me for measurements - - - I didn't measure.

I blended all these things together and then stirred them into the cooked, rinsed, drained, and cooled pasta. It looked rather like the bowl pictured above. No wait, it looked EXACTLY like that bowl because it WAS that bowl!!!

When I dished it up on a plate - - - it even looked good enough to eat.

And it WAS, which was a good thing since I ate the WHOLE SALAD, Fisherhubby not being a pasta salad fan.

No, not in one sitting, though I shan't, out of pure shame, tell you how many sittings.

Changes I will make next time: Add a little more vinegar, needed more "zip." I think I'll also put in more green olives and add a couple of diced hard boiled eggs. I might even add a packet of Italian salad dressing seasoning.

HOWEVER - - - "next time" won't be real soon as I will eat that entire bowl myself too, oink oink!!!!



lilmomma said...

You're welcome to share with me. Sounds yummy. :)

Janell with NO E said...

Looks like an awesome pasta salad!! It was great to talk to you today!! You are such a great encourager and I look forward to hanging out some time this summer!! On Wisconsin!!

Ann in the UP said...


Did I tell you we spent the weekend in Mad-town for a jazz concert. It was beautiful on the lake behind the Rathskellar listening to fun music.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love pasta salad and it looks very yummy to me. I agree real Mayo and dill pickles!!!

ain't for city gals said...

That's what happens when I make potato salad...just seems like it kind of gets out of control and I eat the WHOLE thing...can't throw it out you know!

Unknown said...

Yum! I'm totally with you on the mayo/miracle whip issue! I've even converted my husband to my way of tasting!

britt said...

I agree with Anna, you just let me know next time you have pasta salad that needs finished!

shannon i olson said...

Looks good, guess what? I would have used the Miracle Whip. shhhh!
My daughter just started working at a local deli, they make wonderful salads at a hefty price, do you know what most of the dressings are?
1/2 mayo 1/2 Miracle Whip..go figure!

Julie Harward said...

Sounds very good! I'll give it a try for tonight! Come say hi :D

Kristin - The Goat said...

I have never made a pasta salad that I liked LOL I have eaten a lot of pasta salads that others have made and they are delicious! Not sure what I do to screw it up :)

I'd have to agree with you Real Mayo!

Cass @ That Old House said...

REAL MAYO AND IT MUST BE HELLMAN'S. Miracle Whip is -- well, my ladylike ways won't allow me to say what I think Miracle Whip is. Other than, ICK.

This looks mad delicious.

How many Ws stayed intact?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks very good. Thanks for sharing it with me.

nancygrayce said...

Yum! I don't measure either. I love pasta salad and yours sure looks good!

Anonymous said...

yum, i don't measure either and I make my salad dressing with real mayo, vinegar, a little mustard, some minced onion cuz raw gives me yukkies too .. a nice alternative is crumbled bacon - my girls love that !!! there are no rules to macaroni salad .. :)