Easy Pasta Salad is one of our favorite summer side dishes bursting with flavor from herbs and crisp vegetables. This is a sponsored post in partnership with Produce For Kids.
Life on the ranch pretty much means that there is no schedule, there are no set times for everyone to come home to eat dinner, especially if the guys are in the hay field. We are spending way less time in the hay fields in Oklahoma, which is pretty nice. When it’s hay season the guys often stay until it’s done, so supper can range from three in the afternoon to nine at night.
Meal planning can be a real challenge. It is important to have something ready when they come in and pasta salad is my go to side. We all love it and it’s the perfect way to get veggies on my kids’ plates without a fuss. My boys are definitely meat and potatoes type of guys.
I cut the veggies up small and the dressing is chock full of flavorful herbs so the kids literally lick the plate clean. I call that a win. I am excited to be working with Produce for Kids Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign to bring you this great summer recipe.
Here in Oklahoma, Homeland is once again partnering with Produce for Kids® for the 12th Annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s organizations. The joint campaign, will educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and raise money for Homeland’s designated local charity – the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program. Since 2011, Homeland has raised nearly $60,000 for local children’s organizations.
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- 1 pound bow tie pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
- 1 cup diced sweet peppers
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 carrot, cleaned and shredded
- 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
- 1 cup mayonnaise (light mayo can be substituted)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Rinse cooked pasta with cold water until chilled. Drain well.
- Add pasta, peppers, celery, carrot and tomatoes to a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Mix all dressing ingredients together until throughly combined. Stir into pasta mixture and toss to coat completely.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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