Friday, April 9, 2010

It's a Salad.....and I actually like it!

I am not a salad fan. I like lettuce in a bowl with some croutons, cheese, bacon bits, nuts and some dressing-that is a salad in my eyes. I don't like potato salad, fruit salad (unless it is naked fruit in a bowl and I can pick out the pieces I like) or most other salads, other than my popcorn salad. This however has won me over. I first had it at one of our 'girls nights' with my friends Casey and Megan. I recently had it two weeks ago at a baby shower and emailed Machelle when I got home asking for the recipe. I have made it twice in the last two weeks-and ate about 75 percent of it myself. The recipe makes A LOT. I cut it in half the first time, then as I read the recipe, the vinegar to sugar/mayo ratio was easy to divide out, so I made a smaller batch the second time so the cukes didn't get mushy after 3 days.

Summer Salad (from Machelle-and Megan too)

2-7 ounce boxes of ring pasta, cooked and rinsed in cool water
2 cups diced cucumbers
2 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 bunch green top onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup vinegar
1-1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cup mayo (not Miracle Whip)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg (I didn't use since Machelle didn't use)

Mix all together and refrigerate over night.

Or dig in after 2 hours with a huge fork, which is what I did!
I also cheated and used those shredded carrots-just chopped them all up-works great.
I feel the need for some more wine: Drama Queen is going to prom and Hermit Crab now has a boyfriend and wants to bring him home at semester break to meet us. I have already stated that statistically she will meet her future hubby in college, and I forbid her to move to his hometown. Since he lives in the Northwest Territories, like 5 million miles from Minnesota. She made circling motions next to her head while talking to me. At least I'm sure she did-we were texting-but I know she did.
Where is that corkscrew?


A Year on the Grill said...

Sounds like hermit crab is turning into a real drama queen...

I've been there, god help you... I am sure you will need it

dawn said...

you know this reminds me of a salad i saw on diners, drive ins & dives. it was a kicked up mac salad with grated cheddar cheese. well i searched for the recipe on foodnetwork site, found it and fell in LOVE with it. the photo i took was horrid so i never posted it, but the salad was amazing. it was full of fat and flavor....but what isn't? ha ha

Leslie said...

Are you drinking yet? Ohh I am not looking forward to all this teenage drama!!!
Love the salad.looks perfectly light and yummy

tamilyn said...

Leslie, my hubby was concerned for my well being so stopped and got me beer :) But the prom-going youngest found a dress for $17 at Macy's-crazy! But then proceeded to spend the rest of the cash I gave her on other stuff.....gotta go grab another cold one....

Sophie said...

MMMMMMM,..what a tasty & superb pasta salad!!

Apart & so flavourfull too!

Wandering Coyote said...

1 1/2 cups sugar? Really? WOW! That must be one sweet salad!

Monica H said...

I really like a lot of salads, but pasta salad isn't usually one of them. It's pretty though :-)

grace said...

for a split second, i thought cheerios were involved and i was flummoxed. :) nope, i've never seen ring pasta except in spaghetti-o's, but they work quite nicely in your salad!