Everyday Mom's Meals: Snow or Sun

Friday, February 15, 2013

Snow or Sun

I don't care if there is 3 feet of snow on the ground or if there is a month long heat wave happening, it's a good time for a new pasta salad recipe. Any time. All the time! We love the stuff. I have so many varieties I make I sometimes lose track of them; and now I have yet another to add to the list.

A couple weeks ago our aunt was cleaning out her pantry and found a Greek Seasoning blend she had bought for one recipe, never used again, and since she won't be making that recipe again (let's just say it wasn't her favorite) she asked if I could use it. Sure I can! I have a bunch of recipes that call for Greek Seasoning, and even if I didn't, it's a free seasoning blend. I'll take it.

Well, I had never heard of this particular brand, so I looked them up online. Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning. And while I was on their site, I found some great recipe ideas, including this pasta salad. I guess if I didn't have enough recipes to use it in, now I do! 

This makes a great side dish any night of the week and is bursting with an unique Mediterranean flavor. Plus, it's easily adaptable to include the veggies you love. I added some, and took a couple away from the original recipe to use what I had on hand. 

If you want to wait until warmer weather to enjoy this, that's your choice. To each their own. But me...I will be enjoying this for dinner, watching the snow flakes gather on the frozen grass!

Greek Pasta Salad Adapted from Cavender's
12 oz. garden rotini pasta
5 green onions, chopped
1 (2.5) oz. can sliced black olives
1/3 c. grape tomatoes, halved
2 TBS capers
1/2 c. mayo
4 1/4 TBS lemon juice
1/4 c. olive oil
3 TBS Greek Seasoning

Boil pasta, drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again. In a medium bowl combine olive oil, seasoning, lemon juice and mayo. Whisk well to combine. In a large bowl combine pasta, olives, capers, green onions and tomatoes. Stir well. Pour dressing over. Mix well to combine. Chill until serving, at least 2 hours. 

Shared on The Country Cook Feb. 15, 2013
Shared on Make Ahead Meals Feb. 18, 2013

1 comment:

Leslie said...

I just put up a blog post of Greek salads I've been making, too! I haven't made a pasta one, but I definitely want to try your recipe. This looks really good!!