Summer is here, and it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy the great outdoors. And what better way to complement your grilled meats and veggies than with a delicious and easy-to-make creamy pasta salad?
This pasta salad recipe is a classic that has been enjoyed by my family many for years. It’s creamy, tangy, and packed with fresh veggies that add a pop of color and flavor. Plus, it’s so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before.
To make this creamy pasta salad, you’ll need rotini pasta, grape tomatoes, red onion, sweet peas, parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, Italian dressing, and a variety of seasonings. The first step is to cook the pasta according to package directions or al dente. Once cooked, drain the pasta in a colander. Avoid rinsing this allows the sauce to coat the pasta better.
Next, add the cooked pasta, grape tomatoes, red onion, and sweet peas in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Italian dressing, tony cachere, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy. Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture, top with parmesan cheese, and stir until everything is evenly coated.
Cover the bowl with a top or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and the pasta salad to chill properly.
When it’s time to serve, give the pasta salad a quick stir and enjoy! The creamy dressing pairs perfectly with grilled meats and veggies, making it the perfect side dish for any summer barbecue or picnic.
In conclusion, this creamy pasta salad is a delicious and easy recipe that is perfect for summer and grilling time. With its fresh veggies and tangy dressing, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone at your next gathering. So give it a try and see for yourself how delicious it can be!
Looking for a fresh and tasty salad for the spring and summer months. This mouth-watering crowd-pleaser takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. It's perfect to make a day ahead to free up your time for more entertaining.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Additional Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours23 minutes
2 C cooked spaghetti
1 container of cherry tomatoes, halved
5 mini cucumbers, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
For the sauce/dressing
1 bottle of Italian dressing.
1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated
1 Tbsp of sesame seeds, toasted
2 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp of celery seeds
Cook pasta according to package and let drain.
Add prepared vegetables to drained pasta; combine well, and set aside.
Pour dressing into a bowl and add cheese, sesame seeds, seasoning salt, paprika, garlic powder, and celery seeds. Mix well.
Lastly, pour sauce over mixed pasta and vegetables and toss well.
Cover well and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Greetings! I hope this post finds you well. I finally got around to adding my flair to the Jennifer Aniston’s Salad. I must admit I can tell what all the rave is definitely about. According to sources, Jennifer ate this salad religiously for 10 years on the set of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. So I did a little digging and a lot of sources refer to Jennifer Aniston salad as a Cobb Salad, but this salad is far from a Cobb Salad.
Now the original recipe calls for bulgur. What’s bulgur? That’s the same thing that I asked myself.
Bulgur. Parched cracked wheat, according to Webster Dictionary.
I was unable to locate bulgur, so I opted to use Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic. I think it added a very tasty flavor to the salad. I will continue to look for the bulgur to compare the flavor profile and be sure to update you all.
Now let’s talk more about this salad. I’m always looking for a filling and hearty meal, so let me tell you this salad checks all the boxes. The garbanzo beans or chickpeas make this dish an entree on its own. I also used roasted and salted Pistachios and I don’t regret it a bit. I can definitely see why Jennifer Aniston ate this salad daily, it is the BOMB.com.
The Jennifer Aniston Salad is super versatile I had been eating it as an entree, but I can also see serving it as a side salad. If you have to have meat on your salad ground turkey or grilled chicken would be a great addition also. I would suggest trying the salads as it is and then deciding if you want to add more protein. I can’t was to serve this at our next get-together and see how wowed everyone is by it.
If you make the salad I would love to know what you think of it. Be sure to come back and leave me a comment. Be Well-Omniley
Jennifer Aniston's F.R.I.E.N.D.S Salad
A fresh hearty salad that is easy to make and taste great.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
1 C quinoa
2 mini cucumbers, diced
1 can of chickpeas, reduced-sodium drained, and rinsed
1/2 C pistachios
1/2 C feta, crumbled
1/3 C red onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp mint, finely chopped
2 mini cucumbers, diced
splash of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss lightly.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.
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