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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Ham Pasta Salad


It is just too hot.  I know, I know, "You live in Arizona, Kristen.  It's supposed to be hot.  It's not like you live in one of the regions of the U.S. that is unusually hot.  Stop whining!"  Still.  The heat is stifling my desire to cook or bake.  We have had ice cream for dessert every day for the last two weeks.  That's how un-motivated I have been. 

Luckily, we all like dinner salads and grilled meat.  Between those two, life has gone on and no one has complained.  After all, we could be eating cold cereal 24/7.  And ice cream.  I can just see it.  Then the weather would get cooler and my kids would complain that they had to eat real food again.  Life experience has taught me that the future fight would not be worth the time off now.

So, back to dinner salads.  This week, I pulled a bag of cubed ham and a bag of already cooked pasta out of the freezer and started thinking.  I grabbed a few ingredients out of the fridge and some more out of the cupboard and Voila!  A new and tasty salad.

Summer Ham Pasta Salad:
2 cups cubed ham
6 cups cooked pasta
1 cup onion dip (or sour cream, but we had some dip open that needed using)
1+ cup mayonnaise (you may need more to moisten the salad, you decide)
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 cups sliced red grapes
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 envelope dill dip mix (like this)
dash Tabasco sauce
In a large bowl, place the ham, pasta, celery, grapes and cheese.  In a small bowl combine the onion dip, mayonnaise, dill dip mix and Tabasco.  Fold the mayonnaise mixture into the other ingredients.  Serve cold.  Followed by ice cream.



20 comments:

LDH said...

Oh, wow ~ this sounds so good! I am copying the recipe. Thanks! :)

Jennifurla said...

Looks great, sotty for the heat - we even got here at 94 today.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Hey girl, just popping to get caught up on your blog. Don't you just love summer - so many salads so little time.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

It has been so hot at the Jersey Shore, that salad recipes are perfect for dinner. Thanks for this one!

Monet said...

One of my least favorite parts of summer is the intense heat and the lack of baking motivation that ensues. I feel you there! This salad looks cool and refreshing. I love pasta salads during these warm months.

Natasha said...

I have seen dill dip mix before but never knew what it was-thanks for the link! Great recipe too. I will remember this for our hot summer days in a few months time.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Shellbelle said...

Well I had to laugh when I read about ice cream and cold cereal in your post. My AC was on the outs for three days this week and those are both what I was practically living on. HOT and HUMID here in Georgia.

Now I wish I had these ingredients on hand before the failure, but I won't be caught again! Great recipe for these hot, hot days with a cold glass of sweet tea.

Btw, I was reading back and saw your post for homemade tortillas. You're right, they are so quick and easy and my guests are always so impressed when I tell them I make my own. Reminds me of that commercial when the lady dusts herself with flour and then serves a store-bought cake.

jeanhasbeenshopping said...

Hey, I live in AZ too! Do you have any salad leftovers? :-)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

What kind of ice cream is best to follow this?? :-)

I'm bookmarking this, it looks awesome!! Thanks!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

What a great idea and perfect for the hot weather! I love you had these cooked and in the freezer I really need to start doing this!

Magic of Spice said...

Very freshing:) Love chilled creamy pasta salads in the summer...

Drick said...

that's is so my kind of cooking - pulling things out of the cabinets and fridge.. this one sounds great...

Jersey Diva Mom said...

I found you via BlogFrog, and my husband is now toatlly happy that I do "follows" HAHA -- will be making this tomorrow, I think!

Belinda said...

Looks awesome. Love love love ham. Love the instruction on how to complete this meal.

Joanne said...

Haha only a true baker would complain about having ice cream for dessert :P

This salad looks so refreshing after this serious heat wave we've been in!

21st Century Housewife© said...

This sounds really delicious - I love pasta salad, and this one sounds fantastic!

Tracy said...

Pasta and Ham together. I love it. I am definitely making this one. Today too!

TeenieCakes said...

This sounds good with the dill dip and the added grapes. Chilled for a summer's day - sounds fantastic!

Carol Egbert said...

HR takes away my appetite. Your recipe may bring it back! Thanks.

Jerri said...

Oh wow! That DOES sound good! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

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