Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Quick 'n Easy Pasta Salad

We are well into the summertime, and for most people that equals barbeque season.

Heading out to a friend's barbie (as the aussies would say)??? It is customary, or at least polite to bring something. Of course, you can pick something up from the store, but if you want to make it more personal, here is a quick and tasty pasta salad to help out.

What you need
1 box of your favorite pasta (I used Farfalle or bow tie pasta in the pic)
1/3 a cup of mayo (1/2 a cup if you like it really creamy)
2 celery sticks (diced very finely)
1/4 of a medium sized red bell pepper (diced very finely)
1/4 of a medium sized red onion (diced very finely)
2 tbsps white vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

What to do
Boil pasta until al dente (don't add salt to the water)
Drain and rinse with cold water a few times to cool it down
Add mayo, celery, red pepper, red onion, vinegar, salt and pepper
Mix thoroughly to make sure all the ingredients are properly incorporated
Refrigerate for at least an hour

Then... all you have to do is get ready, and head out to the BBQ.

Don't be surprised as everyone devours your dish and goes for seconds and thirds. Don't worry, it's okay to be a hit for your looks and personality, as well as everyone's favorite side dish.

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