Christmas Pasta Salad

Merry Christmas!  There, I said it. I’m not a’feared.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  True, the unofficial start to holidays begins around Thanksgiving, and the season continues through New Year’s Day, so it is a holiday season, and I do hope you have happy holidays.  By the same token, the unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day and ends at Labor Day, so someone remind me to wish everyone Happy Summer when the time comes!

Now on to the food.

Picture this:  You have been invited to a holiday party (assuming this is for Christmas, so let’s call it a Christmas Party) but you didn’t think you would have a babysitter or your significant other had already said yes to their friend’s party, but those plans fall through, and all of a sudden one of the neighbor’s kids agrees to watch your kids and presto…you can go to your Christmas Party!

But Wait!  (There is always a ‘wait’.) You are supposed to bring a dish to the party and you don’t have much time and are not feeling very inspired.  No Fret!  No Worries!  Here is the answer:  Christmas Pasta Salad!  It’s easy, it involves green stuff and red stuff and white stuff, and provided you have all the ingredients, it only takes about 20-25 minutesChristmas pasta Salald

Tonya came up with this dish last year while trying something new based around the holidays to accompany a Christmas meal and involving traditional Christmas colors.  It was a hit, so much so that we have already had it again this year!  Plus, it’s pasta for your holiday carb intake and even has cheese!!!  (Remember, you are hitting the gym starting January 1, 2016, so take full advantage!)

Christmas Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, blanched and cut into bite-size pieces 

1 box of your favorite pasta (we prefer spiral or cavatappi pasta), cooked al dente, drained and rinsed with cold water

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

8 oz Feta Cheese

 One bottle of your favorite Italian salad dressing

Toss all ingredients together with enough dressing to coat.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.  You made need to add additional dressing before serving.

See?  Easy, tasty, colorful.  It will get everyone in the Christmas spirit in no time!

IMG_3560While I wasn’t drinking a an actual beer when Tonya rolled this recipe out, I would imagine it would go great with the Pale Ale from Good People Brewing based in Birmingham, AL.  Even though I favor browns, porters and stouts, this is one of my choices for pales.  (click on the above paragraph and have Santa and his reindeer take you to Good People website)

 

 

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