Summer Pasta Salad Creation

Hello there!  I shouldn’t be typing right now, because my right wrist/hand has a bit of a SNOTTY little attitude today!!  I’ve been trying to let it rest, but if I’m not typing I’m writing.  Doing neither of these is really not an option, so I really don’t know what else to do.

Anyway, I’ll make it brief.  I decided to do something a little different on the blog today.  Today, I’m sharing my new summer recipe.  First, of course, you know there’s a short back story, so let’s dive in.

It’s HOT, right?!  I don’t know if it is where you are, but where I am it is STINKING HOT!!!!  I told my sister the other day that hell is simply NOT an option.  This Tennessee summer is quite the deterrent, if you know what I mean.  I am what you might call a “summer SNOB”.  I turn my nose WAY up at  the summertime.  I don’t like to step foot outside during the day.  You heat up immediately, and cooling off takes way too long.  The only things about summer that get my attention are the sundresses and sandals (because if I MUST go out in the heat, at least I can be cute, lol).

So today my sis and I were discussing our lack of eating desire during the summer.  Who wants to slave over a hot stove or reach in and out of an oven when it’s 90+ degrees outside?  Not me!  So I went to the grocery store today trying to find something “cool” we could eat.  I had a pasta salad in mind, but I had no idea how to make one, and I didn’t have a recipe readily available.  So, I made one up:


Kraft Caesar Vinaigrette with Parmesan dressing

1 can of chunk white chicken breast (I think I’ll use shrimp next time, but the chicken works.  Tuna would probably work, as well.)

Garden Rotini Pasta

Grape tomatoes

Banana peppers

Boiled eggs

Shredded carrots

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:  Cook the pasta, and boil the eggs.  Drain and cool the pasta, and add all the ingredients.  There’s no special order; there’s no special amount.  I just sliced the eggs, cut the grape tomatoes in half, and cut the banana peppers up a little.  I,also, heated the chicken, just a touch, and added some Italian seasoning to it.  Just do what ya like!!!  My only “complaint” is that I can’t taste the dressing as much after the pasta salad has been in the refrigerator, so I’ll add some more dressing.

Any other suggestions?

You have to know that this was a real experience for me, because I am SO NOT a creative cook.  I was pretty proud of my little concoction, though.  🙂

I’m looking for more summertime recipes that require minimal STOVE time.  If you have any favorites, please share!

Talk to you soon!

P.S.  Cool summertime drink ideas would be great, too!  Ok, that is all!



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcia
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 16:01:16

    Thanks Sis! The pasta salad was VERY good and right on time for me and Baby G. Good looking out! 🙂 Now what’s for dinner tonight? LOL


  2. Monica P. Watkins
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 16:04:29

    LOL! Whatever baby G’s MAMA AND DADDY can come up with!!! I fed the baby yesterday and all day today! LOL!!!


  3. Marcia
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 16:10:01

    What? An Auntie’s job never ends! I will be sure to tell Baby G that he has a 2-day maximum with you! LOL


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Jul 23, 2010 @ 16:24:25

      Whatever…. And he shall KNOW THE TRUTH, and it won’t be what his mama told him! lol…


  4. Wanda
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 18:48:47

    Looks good girl. Never thought of adding meat to my pasta salad. I like to do one that has the rotoni noodles, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, shredded cheese and salad dressing and then put on a bed of lettuce…mmmm. Makes me want to whip up a batch 🙂


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