The perfect way to entertain this summer is with a big vegetable pasta salad! Add chicken and dipping sauces on the side for a meal worthy of any summer party!
I’m so excited that the unofficial start to summer is here! Pretty soon our evenings will be filled with the sounds of sprinklers, lawn mowers, kids playing tag and our friends and neighbors chatting in the yards. I love this time of year, it’s laid back and fun.
Some of the best evening in the summer are the impromptu neighborhood get-togethers. One neighbor sends a simple group text: “having an informal dinner in the backyard, bring your family anytime after 4:00” Everyone then chimes in with what they’ll bring, whether it’s an easy harvest salad, avocado feta salsa or just juice bags for the kids, everyone is quick to pitch in. Before you know it, we have the makings of a party.
I love bringing a big pasta salad to these types of events. They are generally quick, easy, filling and make for a great way to add veggies to the meal. This pasta salad is like a farm market in a bowl, Pasta is cooked with fresh green beans, fresh corn, and colorful tomatoes. A homemade creamy dressing coats each bite!
Kroger double breaded chicken tenders served alongside this pasta salad is a simple and complete meal. These fresh from the deli chicken tenders and thick and tender and have just the right about of pepper and seasoning. They are the perfect grab-and-go for summer entertaining! Cincinnati sauces like Kroger Honey BBQ, Kroger Thick & Spicy or Kroger Hickory Smoke BBQ make darn good dipping sauces for the deli tenders. I’m sure there is a bottle that will satisfy any taste
It doesn’t take much to throw together a simple neighborhood party. Serve up good food and the laughter and fun will follow! Good friends, great food and good times go hand in hand!
Loaded Vegetable Pasta Salad and Cincy Dipping Sauces
A creamy vegetable-loaded pasta salad that pairs with any potluck or BBQ!
- 1 1lb rotini pasta
- ½ lb green beans
- 2 ears of corn (or 1 14 oz can)
- ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup halved yellow tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding green beans to pasta during the last 5 minutes of cooking. When pasta is al dente, drain pasta and beans and rinse with cold water.
Add corn and tomatoes to pasta.
In a small bowl, stir together Parmesan cheese, mayo, garlic, vinegar, and oil. Season with salt to taste. Drizzle over pasta and toss to coat.
*I used all Kroger brand products in this recipe*
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