Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome Spring!





In honor of spring's arrival, we took advantage of our unseasonably great weather and brought the grill out. We live in Sioux Falls, SD and I think this is the very first time (that I can remember, anyway) I've brought the grill out of winter hibernation before May. Wow!

My son and I settled on steaks for our first grilling event of the season, along with one of our favorite pasta salads. The salad is super simple, comes together quickly and - like most salads - tastes even better on the second day.


Poppyseed Garden Pasta Salad




Serves:  4 (or 2 really big servings)

2 cups uncooked tri-color (garden) rotini pasta

kosher salt

1 medium - large tomato, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 small - medium cucumber, sliced and then cut into quarters

1 small red onion, sliced and then cut in half

poppyseed dressing (Brianna's is awesome on this salad!)


Fill a large saucepan with cold water, add a fair amount of salt (think salt water like the ocean), and bring the water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions. When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it well, and place the pasta in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. I learned this tip from Aaron McCargo, Jr. of Food Network's Big Daddy's House. Chilling the pasta keeps it from absorbing the rest of the ingredients which can make for a dry salad.

While the pasta chills, cut up the tomato, cucumber, and red onion. Add to the pasta and pour poppyseed dressing over the pasta and vegetables. Everyone has different tastes, so I'll let you decide how much dressing to put on your salad. Mix well. I don't usually add salt or pepper because the dressing is so good, but you certainly can. Just give the salad a taste before serving and adjust accordingly.

Enjoy!





Happy Spring!




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20 comments:

  1. Oh, I haven't eaten anything today and I see this.
    I think I know what I am having for lunch!

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    1. I've actually gotten out of bed in the middle of the night to eat more of this salad - I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Hi,

    I followed you over from Chic & Crafty Link Party and this looks delicious! I love pasta salad.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. (Runs through Monday each week)

    Have a great day,
    Michelle

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  3. Hi Michelle! It's great to meet you! Thank you so much for your kind words and invitation to join your link party. I'm definitely attending! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Stephanie, thanks so much for linking up this yummy pasta salad to Creative Thursday this week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.

    Michelle

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  5. I'm stopping by via Susie QT Pinterest party.
    I'm always on the lookout for pasta salad recipes. It's going to be another 100+ day in Las Vegas.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by. It's great to meet you! We're not too much farther behind you with the temperature - miserable, isn't it? Stay cool and have a great week!

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  6. Great idea.. my kids love this dressing. Thanks for sharing your salad on foodie friday.

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    1. Hi Diane! Thank you for visiting me - I always enjoy hearing from you! I love this poppyseed dressing and eat it on a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, in addition to this salad. I hope you all enjoy it. Stay cool and have a wonderful week!!

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    1. Thank you! It's super easy and quite tasty (if I do say so myself!). Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

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  8. This sounds simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons
    http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/steak-salad-patriotic-potluck/

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    1. Hi Tonya! Thank you so much for visiting me and also for hosting Weekend Potluck. It's a super-simple recipe and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, again and have a Happy 4th of July!!

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  9. Found you through A Pinteresting Party--the recipe looks delicious!

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    1. Hello! Thank you for stopping by from a Pinteresting party. And thank you for your lovely comment. I hope you enjoy the salad if you give it a try. Have a wonderful week!

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  10. Yum this looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe- it will be perfect to try out for the BBQ we're attending this weekend.

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    1. Hello Rachelle! Thank you so much for visiting me! I hope you enjoy the salad. It's one of my family's favorites. Have a great time at the BBQ this weekend!

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  11. Yummy salad. It would be great if you linked in to Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter

    I found this through Thriving on Thursdays. I have linked in a salad with leftover lamb. Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Carole! Thank you for stopping by and also for the invitation to Food on Friday at Carole's Chatter (http://caroleschatter.blogspot.com/2012/07/food-on-friday-salads.html). I'll be right over!

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    2. You are a star for linking up. Isn't there now a great collection of salad ideas. And more are still coming in. Cheers

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