This baby has got the blues, the wintertime blues…All I want to do is makes some waves and catch some rays…sigh… We are defiantly beating the heat here in Chicago, snow snow and more snow is all I’ve seen for the past week. Reachin into the pantry I pull out my faithful friend that can always make me fill a bit better about anything…carbs…oh don’t act like you don’t want to. Pasta is my weapon of choice, in fact pasta salad is what we will be making today. This recipe has a bit of a greek flare by using tomato, cucumber, olive, and feta cheese; However the creamy balsamic dressing gives a heavier winter time feel to the salad overall. Now I’ve made this for years, in fact it’s one of my grandmother’s favorites, so feel free to serve any season of the year…So get your self a bowl and let’s go to carb city, sure is my favorite place to visit…
from me two you,
creamy balsamic pasta salad
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup balsamic salad dressing (i use wishbone brand)
1/2 lb bow tie pasta – cook & drained
1/2 of a cucumber – chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes – sliced in half
1 stalk celery – chopped
1/2 red pepper – chopped finely
1/4 cup black olives – sliced in half
1/4 cup red onion – chopped finely
1/4 cup feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste
– using a small bowl and a whisk combine mayo and balsamic dressing…whisk until dressing is smooth, no lumps should be present.
– in a larger bowl, combing pasta, cucumber, tomatoes,celery, red pepper, olives, onion, and feta cheese. pour dressing on top of pasta and fold lightly (you don’t want to break the pasta).
– cover pasta with plastic wrap and let refrigerate for 2 hours at least, but overnight is best.
– serve chilled and enjoy.