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Friday, August 20, 2010

Pasta Salad


It's been a while since I've posted a recipe on there. With things somewhat calming down, I'm slowly but surely getting back into the kitchen. Though, with the summer heat beating down right now...cooking seems like a second option to everything else at the moment. But luckily there are those dishes that don't really require slaving over a hot stove. Pasta salads are one of them. Cooking the pasta is simple enough. Toss in some other fresh ingredients add some dressing and voila. The dressing I used for this one was Girard's Champagne flavor that I had gotten to sample.

I've got to say...it was a good choice to add into the mix of piccolini pasta, tomato, avocado, pineapple, almond slices and fresh garlic. Chilled in the fridge for a little bit and a delicious meal for any weeknight done in less than 30 minutes.


Pasta Salad

1-2 c Piccolini pasta
2 medium tomato - seeded and chopped
1 large ripe avocado - seeded, peeled and chopped
1 - large garlic clove - minced
1/3 c pineapple tidbits
1/4 c almond slices
1/3 c Girard's Champagne Dressing
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. When cooked drain the pasta and let it cool completely before adding any ingredients.  Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the extra virgin olive and garlic. Toss together until completely coated.  Then add the tomato, avocado, pineapple, and almond slices. Drizzle the dressing and toss together completely. Season with a little pepper and toss once more.

Served chilled.

22 comments:

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Great salad! The Champagne dressing sounds great in the salad!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Oooh, pineapple, I bet that tastes really fresh and yummy.
Have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

5 Star Foodie said...

Terrific salad, I love the avocado and the pineapple in it!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very interesting salad... Those flavors sound lovely!

lisaiscooking said...

The almonds sound great in this salad! And, I always love avocado.

Sippity Sup said...

You are so creative on this one! GREG

pigpigscorner said...

Pineapple is a nice addition! yummy!

teresa said...

the pineapple tidbits are fun, i love this salad!

Kim said...

That Champagne stuff is magic, isn't it?

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great love the pineapple and avocado in here

Ameena said...

I'm so glad things have calmed down for you a bit...at least you can enjoy the last remnants of summer Jenn!

Girard's dressing makes the best pasta sauce, doesn't it? My cousin made this amazing cold pasta once with the Chinese Chicken Salad Dressing from Girard's. I still remember how amazing it was!

theUngourmet said...

This looks like a great meal for the hot weather. I haven't tried the Champagne dressing in a pasta salad yet. Great idea!

OysterCulture said...

I love pasta dishes in the summer and I can't help but think I may have inspired you with my pasta post =)

Reeni said...

There's nothing better than a good pasta salad in the summer! Very creative! I love the sweet and savory flavors.

Pam said...

What a great combination of flavors and textures Jenn! It looks terrific.

ValleyWriter said...

Looks yummy - welcome back to the kitchen!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Welcome back :) Your pasta salad looks delicious! I love the added pineapple for a hint of sweetness.

TavoLini said...

I like the addition of pineapple to this--I wouldn't have thought to do that!

I hear you with getting back in the kitchen--as soon as this heat dies down, I hope I'll get back in the swing of things ;)

sophia said...

I've definitely been wondering where you are lately, Jenn! I hope you're still taking time to relax! :-)

And as usual, your recipes rock-- deceptively simple, yet simply...well, wonderful.

girlichef said...

This sounds like a tasty pasta salad! I'm glad to hear things are settling down for you a bit...well, if you're glad ;) LOL...

Phyllis said...

I've never tried pineapple with pasta before but it looks pretty good to me. Glad things are calming down a little for you :)

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