I’m all about easy when it comes to cooking. Quite a while ago I found a pasta salad in the paper called Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad. Well through the years I tweaked it and totally changed it. So how to make an easy summer pasta salad? Stick with me and I will show you.
The main thing I always use is the pasta, Italian salad dressing, and frozen vegetables. The recipe calls for any variety of Birds Eye Farm Fresh mixtures. I really like the combination of carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. I think nowadays it is called California Blend. But there are a lot of good combinations to chose from.
The recipe suggests cooked chicken breasts cut into chunks. I am not sure why I decided to put in the small can of chunked ham but that is what I did. Lately, when I make a baked ham I will cube enough to use in this pasta salad recipe.
And I usually have an onion but forget to buy the scallions. I chop the onion and use that instead.
Another thing I do is leave out the ginger. It is just something I don’t think about using. Maybe I will the next time. It may taste good, right?
Oh, the pasta. You know I just don’t follow directions, do I? I use the tri-color rotini. It is so much easier. And that is what this is all about, how to make an easy summer pasta salad. It’s too hot to be in the kitchen cooking.
I serve it with rolls or french bread. Isn’t that easy?
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How To Make An Easy Summer Pasta Salad
- 1/2 packaga 8 oz spinach rotelle
- 1/2 package 8 oz rotini
- 1 package 16 oz Birds Eye Farm Fresh Mixtures any variety
- 1 pound cooked chicken breasts or ham cut into chunks. You can use the canned ham or chicken
- 1 1/2 cups sliced scallions
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt If I use ham I won't add the salt
- 1 cup prepared Italian Salad Dressing
Cook pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water and drain. Run cold water over vegetables in strainer to thaw. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix gently. Store any leftover salad in the refrigerator.