9.26.2015

Easy No-Mayo Pasta Salad Recipe for a Crowd: #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkUp

I'm Southern so that means I like mayonnaise. I didn't always like it, but after my first pregnancy I became a fan and started putting the either "loved or hated" condiment on my sandwiches. I'm a huge fan of tomato sandwiches with Duke's mayo on honey wheat bread with a little salt and basil. It's an acquired taste.

Since I no longer scrunch up my nose at mayo, I can eat most any type of salad that is served at a Southern potluck.You know...potato salad, pasta salad, slaw, macaroni salad, broccoli salad, chicken salad, ham salad, tuna salad and shrimp salad. I'm starting to sound like Bubba Gump here, but you get the idea.

It's often very difficult to find a pasta salad recipe that does not have mayonnaise as a base, but that is what I wanted to take as a side dish for a Cub Scout kick-off function this month.  Kids don't really like mayonnaise and many parents don't either these days. Mayo does add extra calories.

Easy No-Mayo Pasta Salad. Great to carry as a side dish for tailgating, potluck, and parties.


This no-mayo pasta salad holds up well for outdoor functions. I think it's delicious. It's a mixture of several different recipes that I combined from my cupboard.

Easy No-Mayo Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
16 oz of pasta spirals (gluten-free, or brown rice pasta works well, too)
salt
2/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil 
the juice of one fresh lemon
2 small garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
freshly ground black pepper
2 cups of grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium cucumbers, chopped
1 cup of red onion
1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup of chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup fresh mint

Cook pasta according to directions. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and oregano in large bowl and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper. 

After pasta is drained, transfer the pasta to large mixing bowl with dressing. Stir to coat the pasta and let the pasta come to room temperature. This process takes about 20-minutes. 


No-Mayo Pasta Salad Recipe with a Greek influence


When pasta is at room temperature, add tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onion, feta cheese, and mint. Mix well. Add more salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

I hope you enjoy it for your next function.

The Small Victories Sunday Link Up

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Our linkup is designed to share your BEST posts to inspire our fast growing community of readers. It was started by Small Victories Mom as a way to celebrate the positive in our lives. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead.

This linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it's never too late to linkup with us.

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Meet us all below and Tanya has given our blog subject interest next to our names. 
Your Small Victories Sunday Linkup Hosts: Mom's Small Victories, Sunshine & Sippy Cups, The Mad Mommy, Frugal & Coupon Crazy, GeminiRed Creations, Keystrokes by Kimberly, Tidbits of Experience, Hines-Sight Blog, Simply Save, All Inspired Mom, Oh my Heartsie Girl, O Taste and See, Shandra White Harris & One Hoolie Mama!

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Featured Bloggers

Each week, link-up hosts select posts to feature. I have so enjoyed connecting with you and reading posts. I selected three posts this week. Be sure to check the other hosts to see who they may be featuring. My first featured post is Cinnamon Apple Walnut Granola by A Sprinkle of This and That.

Why did I select it? Well, a friend got me hooked on granola. I like to eat it with yogurt and for a light sweet snack during the day. This recipe sounded perfect for fall.

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Granola by A Sprinkle of This and That


My second featured post is The Easy Peach or Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Snapshots and Snippets. 


Why did I select it? For 15 years, I've thought about a pineapple upside down cake that I ate at Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern here in Raleigh. That restaurant is also the site where we held our wedding reception. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is not easily found on a dessert menu.  I can't wait to try this one. I'm really going to make it.

Pineapple Upside  Down Cake by  Snapshots and Snippets

And the third post I selected is 12 Effective Study Tips by So TIPical Me. Tips for Everyday Living I chose this one because even though I'm not in school, I realized I need to apply some of the same tips for my work-at-home life. I need to plan out my days, especially now that I'm juggling different projects.  These tips were great, and of course, I loved the cat's photo, too. But, taking breaks and stretching (get moving) are important.

Cat: 12 Effective Study Habits: Take breaks as recommended by So TIPical me

Be sure to check out the Small Victories Linkup weekly. 


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