“We’re having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave…” Have you ever heard that old song? Anyway, Utah may be having a heatwave, but there is absolutely nothing tropical about it.
When it’s hot, I find it difficult to think about cooking or eating. I turn into a nibbler and my kitchen creativity vanishes. I thought about a number of different recipes, and even made a few of them, but then something familial would take place and lickity-go-split, recipes would fly right on out of my head. I found myself falling back on easy stuff most of the time like my favorite hamburgers and teriyaki burgers and meat loaf and tin foil dinners and chili dogs and the ever popular take-out/delivery from my favorite Chinese place. But, hey, it’s summertime and like I said, it has been blazing hot and my appetite has been…off.
I go through the “off” appetite thing every summer. The only things that do sound good to me are ice cream and different types of salads. I’m always trolling for new salads, especially fruit or pasta salads. I can be perfectly happy with either one, feeling content with them as a full meal.
On a recent trolling adventure, pictures of pasta salads kept calling to me. Therefore, my lovelies, I decided to make a new pasta salad. The dressing is loaded with flavor and is a great cross-over dressing (not to be confused with cross-dressing) for other types of pasta or vegetable salads. For instance, there was some freshly cooked corn on the cob lying next to the salad on my plate and some of the salad dressing got on the corn. I loved the flavor contrast between the tangy dressing and the sweet corn. Yadda, yadda, yadda, yes I have thought of a great salad to make with corn and this dressing.
Don’t leave any of the ingredients out of the dressing or the salad. Each ingredient brings something important to the overall flavor of the finished product. I’m just letting you know up front that you need to try the recipe as written, then adjust the ingredients. A little extra Parmesan is a good plan. Bet that came as a huge surprise to you, right? (she says in her best bloggerly sarcasm)
PS: To switch things up a bit, swap out the spaghetti noodles for potatoes!
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