Thursday, November 7, 2013

California Pasta Salad

California Pasta Salad is a great side dish to accompany any meaty main dish, or you can add chicken to make it a complete meal for lunch time. Savory Sweet is a good way to describe this salad. With broccoli, healthy pasta of your choice, sweet purple grapes, and savory bacon and pecans, California Salad satisfies even the pickiest of taste buds. We enjoyed our salad first as a side dish, and then leftover with rotisserie chicken in it for a complete lunch.

California Pasta Salad
3 cups chopped broccoli (size of pasta)
2 cups 100% Wholewheat Spiral Pasta
2 cups Veggie Bowtie Pasta - I used Barilla Brand Farfalle - (carrots and squash)
1/2 c small diced purple onion
1 1/2 c purple grapes sliced in half
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1TB balsamic vinegar
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/4 c water
3 TB sugar
Crumbled bacon
Chopped pecans

-Cook your pasta al dente.
-Rinse and cool to room temp.
-While it is cooling, cut your broccoli, onion, grapes, bacon and pecans. (Sizes above)
-If you are choosing the option of adding chicken, cut up pieces of your rotisserie chicken
  as well.
-In a bowl toss the cooled pasta, broccoli, grapes, and onion. (And chicken if you are using
 as a main dish rather than a side)
-In a separate bowl whisk the salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise, water, and sugar.
-When it is all whisked together, pour over the pasta mixture.
-Toss until evenly coated
-Just before serving, sprinkle with crumbled bacon and chopped pecans.

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