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Rotini Pasta Salad Recipe
Delicious and healthy!
As soon as summer begins each year, I start thinking about picnics, bar-b-que's and outdoor family fun. I can't wait to make my favorite seasonal recipes to share with family and friends. This pasta salad is my favorite pasta salad recipe and I adapted it until it was perfect. Not only is this pasta salad a cinch to make - it looks beautiful and feeds many. This is also a very inexpensive salad to make.
I am an expert when it comes to making party food for family. I will share a few tips in this article to help you prepare this pasta salad for your next event and look like a Top Chef.
- 12 oz Rotini Pasta, Whole Grain
- 14.5 oz can Black Beans
- 2 ears Corn
- 12 oz Grape Tomatoes
- 1 bunch Green Onion
- 3 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
- 4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 8 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin or light
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice, Freshly squeezed
- Cook the pasta noodles according to the instructions to "al dente".
- Add the black beans, freshly shucked corn, tomatoes, green onion to the noodles and stir.
- Mix the garlic together with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and whisk or shake in a jar until it is emulsified.
- Pour the dressing over all and combine mixing gently.
Midwest living is at it's finest in the summer. I prefer to feed my family as much natural food as possible. The closer that it is grown to my home - the better! The ground is fertile and it is very forgiving. Farmer's can grow almost anything here but nothing beats the sweet corn. I use a corn stripper to easily remove corn from the cob. Once removed - you can blanch it, simmer it or just throw the fresh corn into a salad.
I love garlic but it is so sticky I used to hate to chop it. I learned that if you press a knife on top of the garlic clove and hit it once with a little force - the skin will pop right off of the clove so you don't have to get garlic in your fingernails trying to remove the papery skin.
Whenever my family and I order out I always check out the containers that the food is served in. Many times take out restaurants have great dishes to keep for parties or family meals. I save the dishes and lids because they are absolutely perfect for taking dishes that you really do not want to have to cart back home. I also save the smaller containers so I can easily pack up any leftovers for friends or family and they don't have to worry about returning my dish!
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