Perfect Picnic Salad

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This Perfect Picnic Salad recipe is so filling and comforting for your salad cravings because of the fresh flavor of different vegetables and spices used in this recipe. This pasta salad recipe is a healthy, refreshing and easy meal to make for a large crowd or even family dinners. Don't limit it just for picnics just because the recipe says so. It is a relatively easy salad recipe you can make in no time using simple ingredients from your kitchen. This super easy Pasta Salad recipe is a keeper because it’s so basic yet comes out perfectly each time. Incorporating fresh vegetable salads in your diet through simple healthy recipes is always an excellent idea, especially on busy weekdays or on the days when you don't feel like doing too much. No matter what the reason is, you can always count on some of the best healthy dinner ideas like this salad recipe for your family.

The best part about this appetizing Pasta Salad recipe is that it can be modified as per your preference. If you like red, yellow and orange peppers, go ahead and add them to this salad. You can even add broccoli, snap peas or asparagus. Throw some greens like kale, arugula and chopped lettuce in it. Add some black beans or chickpeas to make it extra wholesome and nutritious. Adding pineapple bits, or sweet corn will enhance the taste and give the salad a pleasant sweetness. You can also add boiled eggs or toss in grilled chicken breast for that extra protein into this salad. A few other types of meat you can add are shrimp, tuna, turkey bacon, ham chunks, etc. Some interesting salad dressing ideas to incorporate into this recipe are Ranch, Italian, Thousand island or French mustard. You can even add spices like Cajun spice, or a pinch of cumin powder as well. Spices are healthy and add a lot of flavor to salad recipes. It's a great way to spice up bland salads recipes that call for a lot of vegetables.

Pasta salads are simple and easy to make. However if the pasta soaks up too much of salad dressing it could taste soggy and ruin the recipe. Do not to overcook the pasta and make sure to cook it until el dente to prevent the pasta from getting soggy. When you add too much mayonnaise or vinegar in the salad dressing the salad can also turn too runny or taste too vinegar-ish. The key to getting a pasta salad recipe right is to add the correct proportion of seasoning. Make sure to refrigerate it overnight in an airtight container to seal the freshness.

Nutrition Facts for: Perfect Picnic Salad from Brown Sugar

Ingredients: Bow tie pasta, sweet peas, grape tomatoes, carrots, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, yogurt, pickle juice, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, honey, Worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 243, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 7.8g 12%, Saturated Fat 3.5g 17%, Cholesterol 48mg 16%, Sodium 326mg 14%, Potassium 305mg 9%, Carbohydrates 33.6g 11%, Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%, Sugars 6.0g, Protein 10.2g, Vitamin A 61%, Vitamin C 24%, Calcium 13%,Iron 11%

Thank you to Nicole at the ‘Brown Sugar' food blog for sharing this irresistible Perfect Picnic Salad recipe with us. For more healthy dinner ideas and simple healthy recipes do check out Nicole's blog. Easy, delicious salads such as this recipe is all you need when you crave a good meal. Make some today and have it!

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