Our Favorite Pasta Salad

Dearest friends, thank you so much for your prayers on Friday for the sentencing… the judge handed down 20 years with 7 years of probation for which we are all so thankful.  He is also required to make a $100 donation to a charity each year on Kaely’s birthday, and the fact that he will have to think of her at least one time every year is gratifying in some way.   Kaely’s family and friends are glad to have this part of our healing behind us so the work of honoring her can continue without the specter of the trial hanging over us all.

I had a busy weekend of painting and rethinking my family room!  Ah, the new paint color is delicious!!  I have yet to hang any art work back on the walls as I’m going to mix it up a bit (fun!) but stay tuned for the full reveal soon!  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite summer recipes — a simple pasta salad that is the perfect side or main dish on a hot summer day.

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I seriously make this about once a week!

Here’s what you need:

  • box of bowtie pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • balsamic vinagrette salad dressing
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • optional: feta cheese, crumbled bacon, shredded carrots


Here’s what you do:

Cook pasta and drain over peas to complete the thawing process.  Rinse pasta and peas briefly with cool water.  Let drain thoroughly and then combine with chopped tomato and onion into large bowl.

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Drizzle balsamic dressing over pasta combination and toss, coating ingredients liberally.  Then… my secret ingredient…

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It’s amazing the dimension of flavor this little gem adds!!  Sprinkle generously and then toss some more.  Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.  Serve it up with or without the optional toppings!

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I love being able to pull this out a side to whatever we’ve thrown on the grill, or put on a bed of greens for a light lunch.

What’s your “go to” summer time recipe??

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  1. i am so thankful for the sentence for your family- the birthday reminder is a great touch. something being done so he will never forget and in her honor so she will always be remembered publicly.

  2. The optional ingred’s are not optional for me….. mandatory. And the sammy looks delish too, roast beef and swiss?

  3. Thinking of your family this week. I know that must be a relief that the trial is over. 🙁

    You’ve convinced me to make pasta salad this weekend!!

  4. Yum! Perfect timing on this – I’m making pork BBQ this week and really wanted a new good side dish to go with it! Thanks!

  5. I am so happy that this is behind you and your family….We lost our nephew in a senseless accident…the judge gave the driver 15 years in prison…
    On a happier note, your pasta salad looks wonderful!

  6. What an incredible sentencing, I’m so glad for it to be being you all. And I am going to try this salad this summer for sure. Looks perfect with that sandwich!!

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