When I think “summer,” I think of cookouts, going to the park and the pool, traveling, and potlucks. Summer food preparation, in my mind, needs to be quick and simple. No afternoons spent stirring away at the stove for me!
For us, summer is a blur of activity, and I find myself needing some amazing dishes up my sleeve that I can whip up quickly when time runs short. Did I mention that these recipes also need to avoid heating up the house? I am on strike from my oven right now! Examples that work well for us: tacos, BBQ chicken, veggie burgers, and pasta salads.
For summer dishes, I shoot for 20 minutes of cooking or less. Examples that work well for us: tacos, BBQ chicken, veggie burgers, and pasta salads.
A friend told me about this pasta salad recipe many years ago. I have made it every year since then, and I love its simplicity. It has three ingredients: Brianna's Poppyseed dressing, a cucumber, and whole grain pasta. This is my favorite pasta to use because it is organic, affordable, tastes great, and only contains 1 ingredient!
These flavors come together so well. The salad has a mild, slightly sweet flavor from the dressing, while the cucumber adds a fresh taste and crisp texture.
If you are serving this at home, pair it with fish, grilled bbq chicken, smoked ribs, pork chops, and the list goes on!
If you need a dish to take with you to a potluck cookout, this is it! Every time I have taken it to a potluck, it goes quickly. I hardly ever bring home leftovers! And the very best part? It only takes 20 minutes to make!
Comment below: what is your favorite dish to take to a summer potluck?
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