I was having a “what to have for lunch” moment the other day. I’ve been having salads for lunch lately. A lot of salads. And while I love them for a variety of reasons, it was time for a change. A salad wasn’t going to work for me, hence the “what to have for lunch” moment.
Then it occurred to me that I have quite a few boxes of pasta in my stockpile from recent sale. I thought about making up an entire box of pasta, but that’s just a little too much for me. And then I found a box that was half full of elbow noodles…perfect! 2 lunches worth of pasta salad…some for me to eat that day, and the rest for Steve to take for lunch the next day. (This probably could have made 3 portions for myself, or been enough for the whole family.)
Now what to put in it…I opened the produce drawers and discovered that I still had the cucumber and tomato that I’d bought the week before to make a Quinoa Taboulleh (which I still had not made. Obviously.) And while they were not in bad shape, they certainly needed to be eaten. Soon.
So cucumbers and tomatoes it is. And as I looked up into the rest of the fridge, my eyes fell on the ranch dressing that I mixed up with testing and fine tuning the homemade ranch dressing mix.
It was then that a little light from heaven shone down…right into my fridge. And my heart and belly leapt with joy!
Pasta with Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Ranch…maybe a little shredded cheese.
(Remember, I’ve been craving ranch dressing lately!)
As we move into “Pasta Salad Season,” I urge you to try a pasta salad with ranch dressing. It’s a lovely, lovely thing. Toss in whatever goodies you like…cukes, tomatoes, boiled egg, ham, turkey, bacon, onions, it doesn’t matter…just “Toss It In”!
Ah…now you see where I get the name. Pretty much anything that goes on a Cobb Salad will work in the pasta salad…even the lettuce! Just let the pasta dominate, not the lettuce! 😉
And easy “one dish” lunch for you all…
What’s your favorite kind of pasta salad?!? Will you be trying any new pasta salads this summer?!
“Toss It In” Pasta Salad
- 2 cups elbow macaroni or other small shells pasta ($.25)
- about 1/3-1/2 cup homemade ranch dressing ($.30)
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced ($1)
- 1 cucumber, seeded and diced ($1)
- Couple slices turkey delimeat, chopped ($.50)
- About 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($.67)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta as directed on the box. Drain and add to serving bowl.
- Toss the ranch dressing in with the pasta. Then toss in the diced tomatoes, diced cucumber (peeled if you prefer), chopped turkey and shredded cheese.
- Serve it up!
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