The Only Pasta Salad Recipe You'll Need This Summer! (No joke!)

The Only Pasta Salad Recipe You'll Need This Summer! (No joke!)

Behold!  The Salad Days are here!

I remember the first time I heard that phrase.  I was a young’un sneaking in movies late night on HBO when I was staying at my grandmother’s house.  I’d wait until she went to bed and turn on the coveted cable box and watch whatever grownup movie was on. Among the movies that stuck out to me was Raising Arizona.  I can so distinctly remember Nick Cage going on about the “Salad Days” and found myself trying to incorporate the saying into my daily life at school.

To say the least, no one got it.

That being said, I still find myself making reference to the “Salad Days”.  Days when everything is bright, warm, and fresh.  Days when all seems right in the world and happiness abounds.  There is no period of time that better portrays the Salad Days to me than the warm loving arms of Summer.  The late sunsets, the warm air, the bright sun...

...and of course, the food.

So, what better way to celebrate the Salad Days of Summer than with our fun twist on a classic BBQ salad favorite?  

(Spoiler Alert:  There is no better way.)

So here is to the nights where we bask by the fan, play hard, and rest easy.   Here is to the season that brings with it adventure, vacations, and company that is as delightful as the food that accompanies it.  (And here’s to grandmothers who fell asleep at 7pm and were too hard of hearing to know that their grandchild was downstairs watching questionable movie choices for their age.)

Creamy Curry Summer Pasta Salad Days

  • 3 Cups Bow Tie, rotini, shell, or pene pasta
  • 1 ½ Cups Mayonnaise (substitute with Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative)
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk
  • ½ Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 Chopped Green Pepper
  • 1 Chopped Red Pepper
  • 1 Chopped Yellow Pepper
  • ½ Cup Chopped Celery
  • ½ Cup Chopped or shaved Carrot
  • 3 Tbs What’s the Curry spice blend
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring large pot of slightly salted water to boil.  Cook pasta until slightly firm, roughly 10 minutes.
  2. Drain, rinse, and let the pasta set out while preparing the other ingredients.
  3. Let’s not get too technical here:  Take all the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  
  4. Add drained pasta.  Which you probably already knew.
  5. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but best if overnight

Can you believe that's it? You'll be making this more than once this summer, I know we will!

Let us know how it turned out, we love to see your creations on Instagram #WaywardGourmet and Twitter @WaywardGourmet. Send em to us and we'll post your deliciousness on our site. 

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