Whenever Anita and I go antiquing we like to pack a light lunch for the trip. Taking our lunch instead of eating out means that way we maximize our antiquing time. But just because lunch is hauled in a cooler doesn’t mean that it’s going to be boring. I made a few fantastic Italian cold-cut wraps and this absolutely delicious creamy pasta salad for our last trip. We both could’ve eaten the salad all afternoon long, but that would’ve meant little time for looking for antiques! Perfectly creamy, with a little crunch from the onion, peas and pickles. Oh, and cheese.
For a great twist on this creamy pasta salad substitute chopped green or black olives for the diced pickles. Another great change is to use smoked cheddar cheese instead of extra sharp cheddar.
This salad is even better (I wouldn’t have thought it could be any better!) the next day.
Creamy Pasta Salad
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
- 2 cups dried elbow macaroni
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 7 ounce block of extra sharp cheddar cheese, diced
- 1/2 cup sweet pickles diced
- 1/2 cup sweet onion diced
- 1 4 ounce jar pimentos, drained
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Cook the pasta per package instructions. Drain well, transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to cool.
Add the peas, cheese, pickles, onion and pimento and fold to combine.
In a separate bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, cream, mustard and sugar. Fold into the pasta mixture.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.
This creamy dill broccoli slaw is a wonderful spin on my favorite salad, creamy cucumber salad. Loaded with dill and a hint of lime, it has a great summer flavor with plenty of crunch to it. I added a few sliced fresh chili peppers and chives from our garden for garnish. Cilantro would also make a great addition to this slaw.
You can substitute ‘normal’ shredded cabbage for the broccoli if you wish. Broccoli slaw tends to stay crunchier longer than cabbage, which can get soggy in no time. If you do make this creamy dill broccoli slaw with cabbage instead, sauce only the amount of slaw you plan on serving. That way the leftovers won’t get drenched in sauce and become soggy.
Creamy Dill Broccoli Slaw
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
- 1 bag 4 cups broccoli slaw
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin I used slightly less
- Hot pepper sliced, for garnish (optional)
- Chives sliced, for garnish (optional)
Place the slaw mix in a medium resealable container.
In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the garnish. Add to the slaw. Cover and shake gently to coat.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with sliced pepper and chives, if desired.
I do love eating chicken wings. They might be my favorite food. I recently picked up a bottle of Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo wing sauce. It looked good and thick and flavorful. And boy, was it all that and more. Not so thick that it was gloppy, the sauce stuck to the wings just as you want it to. And flavor? Oh man. A nice mellow Ranch flavor that definitely does not overwhelm, with just a hint of spiciness. This sauce is perfect for a party because it’s sure to please all of your guests.
If I’d known just how fantastic Moore’s Creamy Ranch sauce was I would’ve definitely left the Ranch dressing off my plate. You seriously don’t need anything else with these sauced up wings. Just grab a big ole handful of them and a lot of paper towels and get to eating!
Also try Moore’s Buffalo Wing sauce.
I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook
that is full of my favorite wing recipes. Also check out my always-growing list of my favorite store-bought wing sauces
Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings