June 30, 2011

Red, White and Blue Pasta Salad

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Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad
red, white, and blue pasta salad

This light and delicious "red, white, and blue" pasta salad which is perfect for the coming 4th of July picnic or meal is a breeze to assemble. I used store bought Italian dressing and canned white chicken breasts which I think is better than homemade because they're soft, juicy, and surprisingly flavorful. I love the crunch of the red peppers and the blueberries add a bit more sweetness to this refreshing pasta salad.

Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad

Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad
1 pound cooked farfalle, cold or at room temperature
½ cup prepared Balsamic Italian dressing, plus more to taste
1 cup diced sweet red bell pepper
1 cup diced canned cooked chicken breast
1 cup diced or sliced celery
1 cup diced sharp Provolone
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
salt to taste
crumbled fresh (salty) farmer's white cheese or blue cheese
  • In a large bowl, toss all ingredients except salt and farmer's cheese. Taste and adjust dressing and salt. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish top with crumbled farmer's cheese before serving.
And for dessert, why not blueberry Jello with strawberry sauce, cream, and fresh blueberries? It's easy to make but oh so yummy. Adding in fresh blueberries to the Jello makes it even better.

Red, White, and Blue Dessert
strawberry puree (with sugar), blueberry Jello,
fresh blueberries, and cream


Unknown said...

I love pasta salad. It looks great.

Oggi said...

It's very light and easy to put together.

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