Wandering the aisles of my local supercenter, inspiration hit--pasta salad! I haven't made it in forever, but it's so easy and doesn't take much time at all.
Pasta salad it is.
So I start with some pasta. You decide which kind you like. I tend to gravitate toward the rotini, you know, the corkscrew-looking variety. Sauce likes to cling to those little crevices. But for pasta salad, I like a little color, so Wacky Mac it is.
I cook the pasta per the package directions, the low end of the cooking time, because you want the pasta al dente.
Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Now you can get as creative as you like. I kept things simple since people can be picky. I added some sliced green onions, some sliced black olives, some broccoli florets cut real small, and then the thing that takes this salad from ho-hum to vavoom!
Imitation crab flakes turn an ordinary pasta salad into an extraordinary one!
Just open the package, give the meat a rough chop, and toss it in. Now add some zesty Italian salad dressing, maybe a little salt and pepper, and voila! The perfect side dish to round out the buffet.
Of course, I forgot to take pix of said buffet :( But as I promised Virginia last week, I will have pictures of this coming weekend's bridal shower.
Do you have a favorite pasta salad? Or a side dish that's easy peasy?