Category Archives: Salads

30 PASTA SALADS FOR SUMMER

pasta salads

It’s the middle of July and it’s hot here in Southern Arkansas.  I mean over one hundred degrees every day HOT!  When  it’s this hot, I hate turning on the stove to cook meals and no one really wants to eat a heavy meal anyway.  We have started eating a lot of sandwiches and fresh vegetables from the garden and to be honest,  I’m tired of eating sandwiches.

Enter…pasta salads.  I want to make a pasta salad tonight. Now I have to decide which one.

Bacon Ranch Corn Salad

Bacon Ranch Corn Salad

 

I love corn salad.  It is one of those great recipes that you can’t make wrong.  I start with a can of corn and add whatever I happen to have on hand.  Put a dollop of mayonnaise  with a little powdered ranch dressing and add it to your vegetables, and you have bacon ranch corn salad!

As with most of my recipes, I don’t measure.  I cut up my vegetables and just dump them in a bowl with my corn.  Here is what I put in my corn salad…..add what like and leave out what you don’t.

corn salad 5_edited-1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese (or whatever you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup of mayo
  • 2 tsp of powdered ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cups green or red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 cups of bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/8 cup  bacon bits or about 4 slices of cooked bacon
  • 1 med tomato
  • About 1/8 cup cilantro (optional)
  • Chili cheese corn chips

Black Eyed Pea Salad

black eyed pea salad

At the state park where I work, we have a restaurant that serves great country-style meals.  On the menu, you will find this Black Eyed Pea Salad.  It’s a staple for southern cooking and I love it even though I don’t like cooked black eyed peas.

 I have changed the recipe to suit my taste, like using one can of green beans and one can of black eyed peas instead of two cans of black eyed peas in the original recipe. I guess this could be called Black Eyed Pea / Green Bean Salad.  That”s the great thing about recipes is that you can add or remove  what you like or don’t like.

Here is the recipe I use when making this salad…..

INGREDIENTS:

1 can of black eyed peas, drained
1 can of  green beans, drained
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup green and/or red bell pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup  sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
black pepper and garlic to taste

Note – You can also add a large diced tomato .

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